NYU Steinhardt will host “Infants’ Learning of Multiple Languages: Development in Cultural Context,” a conference featuring the latest research on children’s language acquisition in multi-lingual homes, October 14 and 15, at NYU’s School of Law, Furman Hall, Lester Pollack Colloquium Room, 9th Floor (245 Sullivan Street/between Washington Square South and West Third Street).
Speakers include: NYU Steinhardt’s Catherine Tamis-LeMonda; Stanford University’s Anne Fernald; Temple University’s Kathryn Hirsh-Pasek; Marc Bornstein of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development; and Florida Atlantic University’s Erika Hoff.
As the population of children born to immigrant parents in North America continues to grow, they face the challenge of navigating two cultural worlds, which typically includes learning two languages. Prior studies on children from diverse cultural and language backgrounds have largely focused on developments during the pre-school years and later. Yet language development undergoes rapid growth and remarkable change during the first two years, pointing to a need for research on infants. This two-day conference will bring together scholars who apply cutting-edge methodologies to researching how infants learn multiple languages.
The conference is funded by the Society for Research on Child Development and is sponsored by NYU’s Center for Research on Culture, Development, and Education, part of the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.