Bilingualism And Cognitive Development On Children

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Bilingualism and Cognitive Development Language is important in every children`s everyday life. Children need language to communicate with others and to be able to perceive the world. They need language to read, write, talk with others, listen and understand. Language enables human beings to communicate with others and be part of society. Language is a form of communication that is based on a system of symbols. Language involves five systems of rules. The five rules of language are Phonology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics (Santrock, 2011). Phonology is the sound system of language. Morphology refers to the units of meaning involved in word formation. The syntax is the ways that words must be combined to form acceptable phrases and sentences. The semantics is the meaning of words and sentences. The last rule of language is the pragmatics, which is the appropriate use of language in different contexts. Lots of things can influence the language development on children. Linguist Noam Chomsky argued that humans are prewired to learn language at a certain way and at a certain time. We know that language has a biological basis. Both biological and environmental influences play an important role in the child`s language development. Research has found that there are developmental milestones in language development. It is important that educators get informed about developmental milestones to better meet the needs of the students they are teaching. In elementary education we…
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