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How can a baby learn two languages at the same time?

27 March 2024 (The Conversation)

Language acquisition in children is one of the most fascinating features of the human species, as well as one of the most difficult problems in linguistics and cognitive science. What are the processes that enable a child to completely master its native language in just a few years, and to a degree of competence that adult learners of a second language can almost never match?

[..] If it’s so impressive that a baby can learn even just one language, then how do we explain that it can go on to learn two, three or even more?


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