Bilingualism Paper

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Bilingualism Paper ENG/380 10-8-10 Simultaneous bilingualism describes a situation in which a child learns more than one language from birth, meaning they are spoken to in both languages on a regular basis. If this occurs throughout the final stages of language development, the child will be able to fluently speak and understand both languages; both languages are considered the child’s first speaking language. On the other hand, sequential bilingualism occurs when a second language is not learned as a native language but taught as a foreign language instead (Rowe, B. M., & Levine, D. P., 2006). This could occur in an immigrant family, for example, perhaps the parents do not speak the native tongue of the community, so the children…show more content…
The fact that code-switching comes in as a factor supporting the unitary language systems hypothesis moves me in the direction that ultimately sequential bilingualism makes the most sense. We must keep in mind, though, that the abilities of language learners become influenced not only by their innate abilities, but by society, the community they live in, their family life, and other outside influences which could assist or impair linguistic competence. Overall, whether a child learns a language from birth and is spoken to in those languages on a regular basis like in simultaneous bilingualism, or if they learn a language foreign to them later in life as in sequential bilingualism, the fact that the human brain can process and communicate in so many ways is miraculous. Works Cited Rowe, B. M., & Levine, D. P. (2006). A concise introduction to linguistics (2nd ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson/Allyn and
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