Archive for December, 2008

Does bilingualism cause mental retardation?

Today, Martin Shipton reported that an expert witness in a custody case testified that, “Welsh medium education could cause mental retardation in some children.” While the details of specific case are unknown, it seems that the expert believes that either Welsh causes mental retardation or that bilingualism causes mental retardation. Neither of these of course is true, but it brings up some of the same arguements that we hear over and over again. Can children handle two languages? Do children who divide their attention between two languages learn either one well? Yet, all over the world, children can and do operate in more than one language.

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Bicultural Celebrations

We celebrated Christmas with my husband’s family this year which probably makes me yearn to be with my family. I got to reminiscing about the foods that were part of our celebrations growing up. At Christmas we always had tamales, turkey and tamales, ham and tamales– which I see as sort of a blend of cultures. My aunt makes a terrific turkey stuffed with the stuffing for “chiles en nogada.” My mom made a decidedly American cornbread & sausage stuffing. But, of course we always had tamales. At new years buñelos are the tradition (and as soon as I figure out how to insert the tilde in wordpress I will– and I’ll fix my name too–aha!). Anyway, I guess I’m in the food mood and would love to hear about other blended traditions.

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From today’s Baldo

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 In any language (or two) have a Happy Christmas.

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