Based on these considerations, along with personal empirical results, the present study’s main goal was the research of the impact of symbolic gestures on the simultaneous bilingual language acquisition for a group of children from the middle class population in The United States of America, highlighting the importance of considering children’s linguistic developmental trajectories on a developmental continuum, marked by periods of accelerated language acquisition, as well as periods of latency.
Keywords: bilingvism, Baby Signs®, simultaneous bilingual language acquisition, symbolic gestures, infant sign language, language ominance, communication strategies in the bilingual families
Published on line: 15/03/2018
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