Late speaking and bilingualism (draft)

Introduction

When our 2nd son proved to be a late speaker some people said that it was because he came from a bilingual family. I was a late-speaker and still don't find languages easy. I can see parallels between the problems I have in Italy and our son's situation.

The Situation

Development

Son2's speech comprehension and production is delayed. Various causes were investigated So the conclusion is that he's "just" a late speaker.

Analogies

I can see parallels between the monolinguist in a bilingual world, and a non-linguist in a monolingual world.

Personality

The above disadvantages of speech delay affect some personality types more than others. Those who dislikes failing will become more withdrawn, those who want to interact might become frustrated and anti-social.
Updated in July 2000
Tim Love