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1 Bilingual Children Do They Really Have an Advantage? Russell Rowley

2 Bilingual Children Side One – 2/Multiple languages as a Hindrance to Child Development... Side One – 2/Multiple languages as a Hindrance to Child Development... Side Two – Raising one’s Child(ren) Bilingual as Beneficial to Their Development... Side Two – Raising one’s Child(ren) Bilingual as Beneficial to Their Development... Methodology – Adult Polyglots Methodology – Adult Polyglots Analysis – Looking at the Polyglot Data Analysis – Looking at the Polyglot Data Conclusion – Yea or Ney Conclusion – Yea or Ney Future Work Future Work

3 Why shouldn’t I raise my child(ren) bilingual? Students older than 11 and adults are observedly faster learners of L2 than children under the age of 11. (Cook, ) Students older than 11 and adults are observedly faster learners of L2 than children under the age of 11. (Cook, ) Children learning more than one 1st language are known to take longer to develope their language and communication skills. Children learning more than one 1st language are known to take longer to develope their language and communication skills. Children abondon languages which are not spoken in their community of peers. Children abondon languages which are not spoken in their community of peers.

4 Why might I consider raising my children bilingual? Youth corrisponds to learning sensitivity and therefore response to “environmental influences.” (Han, 57) Youth corrisponds to learning sensitivity and therefore response to “environmental influences.” (Han, 57) Critical Period Hypothsis – Humans are only capable of language learning between two years and early teens. Critical Period Hypothsis – Humans are only capable of language learning between two years and early teens. “The majority of [L2] students fall by the wayside before they get to a high level.” (Cook, 149) “The majority of [L2] students fall by the wayside before they get to a high level.” (Cook, 149)

5 Methodology Faimous Polyglots Raised Bi/Multilingual: -Maria Gaetana Agnesi (5+) -Jose Rizal (10+) -Ziad Youssef Fazah (50+) Raised Monolingual: -Pamulaparthi Venkata Narasimha Rao (13) -Walter Laquer (11+)

6 Methodology Incomplete Unknown: -Anthony Burgess -Paul Robeson -Cardinal Giuseppe Caspar Mezzofanti (38 languages, 50+ Dialects)

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8 Future Work Same Methodology with more data (language speakers and whether they were raised bi/multilingual or not). Same Methodology with more data (language speakers and whether they were raised bi/multilingual or not). Survey determining the ease/difficulty with which people read, write, and speak, then which was/were their mother tongues. Survey determining the ease/difficulty with which people read, write, and speak, then which was/were their mother tongues. Each Methodology observing data of equal numbers from each side, then compared together. Each Methodology observing data of equal numbers from each side, then compared together.


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