Language Acquisition in Bilingual Children

  • Carolyn Kessler


Becoming bilingual, whether in infancy or in later childhood, is a formidable task for children. Like monolingual first-language development, the acquisition of two languages essentially evolves out of trying to carry on a conversation with someone, an adult caretaker or another child. These efforts at social interaction strike at the heart of language development from the beginning. Developing the communicative competence to achieve success in conveying and understanding meaning in its many aspects is a time-consuming, highly complex process that reaches far beyond surface assessments of sounds, words and sentences. The process of becoming bilingual is a dynamic one, engaging and challenging children’s ability to use two language systems for communication with speakers of differing languages and cultures.


Language Acquisition Communicative Competence Bilingual Child Language Input Monolingual Child 
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