Interesting article on the benfits of bilingualism and why some assessments of bilingual children may fall short.

First, both as parents and researchers, we need to understand that a bilingual child is not two monolinguals in the same brain. Bilingual children are not trying to learn two versions of every word. Instead, the bilingual child’s language is “distributed,” meaning that she may have some concepts stored in one language and some concepts stored in another. 

Read the entire article, by Daniel Olsen, Assistant Professor of Spanish and Linguistics at Purdue University (and a UT alum), here.