Bilingualism in Infancy: How New Science Is Challenging Old Myths

Saturday, February 13, 2016: 1:30 PM-4:30 PM
Marshall Ballroom South (Marriott Wardman Park)
Krista Byers-Heinlein, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada
Many infants around the world grow up bilingual, acquiring two languages simultaneously.  Myths about early bilingualism are common, but new empirical research is overturning many of these common-sense beliefs.  This talk will discuss cutting-edge studies investigating whether bilingual infants are “confused”, whether a one-person-one-language approach is optimal, and more generally how bilingual infants navigate their complex language environments to successfully acquire both languages.