Blah Blah Blah: A Discussion of Language. Josh Hall Caitlin O’Brien Sam Pierre. Bilingualism. Caitlin O’Brien. Innate Propensity for Language . Language Predisposition Language Acquisition Device Recognition and Production of all phonemes. Bilingual Experiences.
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1. Compound Bilingualism- Acquisition
2. Coordinate Bilingualism- Learning
3. Different representations of languages with different characteristics
Acredolo and Goodwyn’s “Baby Signs” Program
-Invent and adapt signs
Garcia’s “Sign with Your Baby” Program
-ASL and BSL Based
Most common concern:
Or, Linguistic Relativism
Edward Sapir (1884-1939) Evolutionary Design
First hypothesized that languages are complete formal systems which are mutually influential with thought
Benjamin Whorf (1897-1941)
Took Sapir’s work a step further, claimed that language mediates all thought and action