The Effects of Social Context on Bilingualism and Language Acquisition
Suppose we have two children. Child A is an American child in a Spanish-speaking environment. He lives with his parents, both of whom are of American roots trying to adjust and cope with a language unfamiliar to them. None of them have sufficient knowledge in Spanish to be able to converse effectively with their neighbors. Child B, on the other hand, is an American child living in an English-speaking environment. He, like Child A, also lives with his parents, who are also both English-speaking and of American descent. Let us compare their situations, and figure out who will most likely be the first to acquire bilingualism. …show more content…
From Hildegard’s case we could clearly see the effect of the social context on the development of both her languages. The shifts from English to German and vice versa because of the change of environment made the message of social context clear: that it does indeed affect the rate of language development.
When Child A is exposed to a language more often than Child B, it can easily be guaranteed that Child A will learn the language in less time than it will take Child B. The same is true for adults. For example, American citizens to come to the Philippines and stay for about a year or so will find it difficult not to acquire Filipino words and their correct usage. Perhaps those who are able to quickly grasp the linguistic system of the Filipino language may even learn the language in a year and learn to speak like a native does. It’s