Raising a Bilingual or Multilingual Child

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Written by: Where Parents Talk Staff

Published: Oct 21, 2023

This week on Where Parents Talk radio on 105.9 The Region, host Lianne Castelino speaks to Dr. Viorica Marian,  cognitive scientist, professor of psychology, psycholinguist, author and mom about raising a bilingual or multilingual child.

Marian, Dr. Viorica.headshotDR. VIORICA MARIAN

Cognitive scientist
Endowed Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Professor of Psychology, Northwestern University
Author, The Power of Language: How the Codes We Use to Think, Speak, and Live Transform Our Minds



“…there is a lot of misinformation out there about raising bilingual children. One of the biggest misunderstandings is that raising. So often parents are told that that raising children with more than one language will confuse them will lead to language, delays or language disorders are cognitive problems. And there is absolutely no evidence for that. So raising children with two or more languages will not confuse them. There is no evidence that being bilingual or multilingual was detrimental to one’s cognitive development. Some of the biases that surround this come from our older research, where research with children who spoke two or more languages had other confounding variables.”

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