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Research Shows Remarkable Bilingual Advantage

A new study finds a remarkable language advantage in bilingual babies. They have a greater and longer sensitivity to language distinctions that make up the world’s languages, and show unique patterns of brain activation for language, as compared to monolingual babies. The findings, observed by a team led by Dr. Laura-Ann Petitto of Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., reveal that early exposure to two languages changes the human brain in ways that afford linguistic advantages to young bilingual children.