This week we interview Dr. Kaitlyn Tagarelli, who has a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from Georgetown University and is currently teaching The Psychology of Learning and The Psychology of Language at SUNY New Paltz. We discuss language development milestones, being bilingual, how much you really need to talk to your kids, and why in-person conversation is so much more valuable than videos.
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Stuff we talked about:
- The “30 million word gap” study
- Research published in the 90s found that by the time they are 3, children in low-income families hear 30 million fewer words than children in wealthier families, and that this has major implications for future language development, academic achievement, etc. This study is cited all the time, but apparently has some flaws, and just recently, a big study came out challenging the findings.
- Why ‘Mom’ and ‘Dad’ Sound So Similar in So Many Languages
- NPR article about reading and kids’ brains
- One Bad Mother bilingual episode
- Family Language Learning by Christine Jernigan
- The Bilingual Edge by Kendall King & Alison Mackey
- Language development milestones from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
- These are actual speech pathologists
- Handheld screen time linked with speech delays in young children
- We didn’t talk about this, but it’s interesting
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