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Language Acquisition

Is there any research comparing first language acquisition to learning a second language (or third, or fourth...)? Are the cognitive and neurological processes the same regardless the number of languages learned? Or how do they differ?

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1. Is there any research comparing first language acquisition to learning a second language (or third, or fourth...)? Are the cognitive and neurological processes the same regardless the number of languages learned? Or how do they differ?

There is some research that compares the first and second language acquisition.

In fact, there is a general consensus in the research literature that children learning two languages simultaneously acquire them by the use of similar linguistic and cognitive strategies. The children are learning two languages, and the key to success is in distinguishing separate contexts for two languages. In the literature, "people who learn second language in such separate context is referred to as coordinate bilinguals; they have two meaning systems, as opposed to compound bilingual that have one meaning system from which both languages operate" ...

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Multiple Language Acquisition is debated. References are also provided to justify the assertions.

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