Multilinguals cannot help but code-switch!

Linguists have been saying this for ever, but now we have empirical evidence from cognitive scientists to support this: If you speak two languages and have ever found this task to be difficult—choosing the “right” tongue based on the context you’re in—it’s because both languages are always “on” in the brains of bilinguals.

In fact, “ [exposure to multiple languages] is not confusing them [bilingual babies] or messing them up developmentally—the opposite is true.” says Judith F. Kroll , Professor Emeritus, University of Pennsylvania.

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