Perceptual foundations of bilingual acquisition in infancy.

  title={Perceptual foundations of bilingual acquisition in infancy.},
  author={Janet F. Werker},
  journal={Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences},
Infants are prepared by biology to acquire language, but it is the native language(s) they must learn. Over the first weeks and months of life, infants learn about the sounds and sights of their native language, and use that perceptual knowledge to pull out words and bootstrap grammar. In this paper, I review research showing that infants growing up bilingual learn the properties of each of the their two languages simultaneously, while nonetheless keeping them apart. Thus, they use perceptual… CONTINUE READING
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