Sign et al. (2014) investigated infant habituation especially in information processing. He found out that the bilingual infants who were six years of age showed “greater efficiency in stimulus encoding as well as improved recognition memory for familiar stimuli “in comparison with monolinguals. The bilingual infants were therefore found to be more cognitively developed than the monolingual infants are. Similar kovac and Mehler (2009) noted that the bilingual infants were at an advantage in recognizing the different structures of grammar in one session (Kovac & Mehler, 2009).
The studies show that infants have the same cognitive and clever abilities to learn as noted in children and adults who are bilingual. Marian and Shook (2012) stated that the cognitive abilities in children and infants as young as seven months are quite pronounced due to their dual processing of languages. They further noted that the brain in bilinguals, focusing on children and infants, is developed to carry out various demanding tasks since it makes the children more attentive and able to switch tasks easily than the monolinguals since it can inhibit one language while using the other Marian & Shook, 2012). Bilingual children are therefore in a position to multitask and hence can handle various problems or tasks at the same time in contrast to monolingual infants and children. Bilingual children face many deterrent especially when they are learning a language that is not theirs. Most of the bilingual children are brought in setting where there are different races where some of them may be immigrants (Successful Family Language Policy, 2013).
Sebastian et al. (2012) noted that bilingual infants are at a great advantage in discriminating languages visually with the use of cues. The infants were found to have an advantage when it came to rapidly integrating duration and pitch cues and ordering the words perceptively in an artificial ...Show more