Responses to query on speech delays
in multilingual environments

Prepared by Svitlana Budzhak-Jones

Regarding Query:


To summarize the research: There are two schools of thought. The older one argues that the multilingual environment may cause speech delay in young children. The newer one refutes these claims and argues that raising children in multilingual environment does not cause any speech delays, but in fact, benefits the child's development. So, if there are young children with apparent speech delay, it is due to some other factors (but not to multilingual environment).


This bibliography originally appeared in Linguist-List at
last modified 4/6/07