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Bilingual babies: The roots of bilingualism in newborns

Exposure to a second language during pregnancy puts a baby on the path to bilingualism before he or she is even born. A study of newborns whose mothers spoke two languages to them while they were still in the womb shows some surprising language preference outcomes. Read More...
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Bilingual babies’ vocabulary linked to early brain differentiation

Language exposure during infancy exercises the brain in an incomparable way. But as early as eight months of age, babies are already losing the ability to distinguish sounds from a foreign language. A brain activity study illustrates how early exposure to language predicts word l...
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A Second Language Gives a Toddler an Edge

By two years of age, bilingual toddlers are already outperforming their monolingual peers. And the surpassing isn’t just taking place in the vocabulary department. A comparison of the two sets of young language learners has practical implications for both educators and parents....
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Being Bilingual May Boost Your Brain Power

When one couple goes to great lengths to ensure their children learn their native language, they dispel some common misconceptions about early bilingualism. They also offer a compelling case study for the mental enhancement and brain remodeling that result from the ability to spe...
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The Bilingual Advantage

A cognitive neuroscientist outlines the benefits achieved from regularly using two languages. The bilingual’s enhanced executive control system in the brain not only sorts out important information from distraction in the here and now but could stave off Alzheimer’s symptoms ...
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Why Bilinguals Are Smarter

Bilingualism profoundly affects the brain in ways that aren’t even related to language. Citing the results of several studies, a science columnist makes a case for just how deep of an imprint language learning leaves on the mind. Read More...
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Hearing Bilingual: How Babies Sort Out Language

Delving deep back into the origins of speech and language, the new science of bilingualism analyzes the neurologic activity taking place in babies’ brains as they hear language. Turns out such listening shapes the brain much earlier than anyone could have imagined—and in prof...
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The Linguistic Genius of Babies

What happens in the minds of six-month-old babies? Amazing statistical analysis of human speech, that’s what. Dr. Patricia Kuhl’s research findings demonstrate why younger is better when it comes to learning multiple languages. The Linguistic Genius of Babies...
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