Language Acquisition in Twins

The language acquisition of twins differs to certain aspects to that of single-born children; researchers found out that twins are, first of all, delayed in their language development and also are "prone to language disabilities" (Schüller 7). Several studies document that it is the case for many twins to be delayed in starting to walk as well as pronouncing their first words. Sarah Moss observed that these two processes are correlated, as Schüller quotes her: "Late walkers have a greater risk of being late talkers" (Schüller 7). Twins are about six months behind with their language process, compared to singletons and also lack behind in school, where they have a reduced set of words by the time school starts.

However, those language differences disappear already during their childhood: "Davis found out that twins aged 5-9 caught up on structural measures with singletons on average, but they were still more likely to have articulation problems" (Schüller 7).

 

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