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Parental language mixing: Its measurement and the relation of mixed input to young bilingual children's vocabulary size*
- K. Byers‐Heinlein
- Linguistics, PsychologyBilingualism: Language and Cognition
- 30 May 2012
Is parental language mixing related to vocabulary acquisition in bilingual infants and children? Bilingual parents (who spoke English and another language; n = 181) completed the Language Mixing…
Monolingual, bilingual, trilingual: infants' language experience influences the development of a word-learning heuristic.
A key role for language experience is pointed to in the development of disambiguation, or whether it emerges as a result of maturation or social experience, as well as among theoretical accounts of its emergence.
Using speech sounds to guide word learning: the case of bilingual infants.
In all samples, bilinguals did not learn similar-sounding words until 20 months, indicating that they use relevant language sounds to direct word learning developmentally later than monolinguals, possibly due to the increased cognitive load of learning two languages.
Bilingual beginnings as a lens for theory development: PRIMIR in focus
The Roots of Bilingualism in Newborns
It was showed that both English monolingual newborns and Tagalog-English bilingual newborns could discriminate English from Tagalog, and the same perceptual and learning mechanisms that support acquisition in amonolingual environment thus also naturally support bilingual acquisition.
Quantifying Sources of Variability in Infancy Research Using the Infant-Directed-Speech Preference
- Elika Bergelson, C. Bergmann, Nayeli Gonzalez
- PsychologyAdvances in Methods and Practices in…
- 1 March 2020
Psychological scientists have become increasingly concerned with issues related to methodology and replicability, and infancy researchers in particular face specific challenges related to…
You sound like Mommy
Previous research indicates that monolingual infants have difficulty learning minimal pairs (i.e., words differing by one phoneme) produced by a speaker uncharacteristic of their language environment…
Bilingual and monolingual children prefer native-accented speakers
- André L. Souza, K. Byers‐Heinlein, D. Poulin-Dubois
- Linguistics, PsychologyFront. Psychol.
- 23 December 2013
Contrary to the predictions, both monolingual and bilingual preschoolers preferred to be friends with native-accented speakers over speakers who spoke their dominant language with an unfamiliar foreign accent, suggesting that bilingualism does not lead to generalized social flexibility.
Language and the Newborn Brain: Does Prenatal Language Experience Shape the Neonate Neural Response to Speech?
Evidence is interpreted that the prenatal experience with the native language gained in utero influences how the newborn brain responds to language across brain regions sensitive to speech processing.