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UniversityofBath214 karma

Hi - I'm so glad this has been brought up. That is absolute nonsense! Infants from a few weeks to months old can distinguish between two languages and can begin to learn both languages. newborn infants can tell the difference between their mothers language and "foreign" languages! So please - everyone - do not listen to even doctors or professionals that tell you to limit a child's input to a single language, even if they do have difficulties learning language.

There is no real limit, but children do need to get sufficient input in each language they are learning. It really very much depends no the environment and how it's structured which determines how many languages a child can acquire.

No worries - you don't need questions about language disorders. it is probably a good thing you haven't had to consider this, but do keep this in mind for other children or to mention to other parents if you notice there might be an issue. language disorders are far too easily overlooked, unfortunately.

UniversityofBath90 karma

Sadly not - we can still acquire language, but not with the same ease or proficiency as young children. We learn in qualitatively different ways and it is much more of an effort to learn languages later in life.

UniversityofBath90 karma

Yes! The good news is that people and governments *are* starting to take action on climate change (check out some nice examples here: https://www.count-us-in.org/) and that taking action on climate change has lots of other benefits, like being healthier, (often) cheaper, and more sociable. Being low-carbon is starting to be more normal and more attractive... though there's definitely a way to go. I'm optimistic we'll avoid the worst impacts, and hopefully will have better, happier lives as a result.

UniversityofBath86 karma

Great question - you raise an important point. I see 'behaviour change' as covering not just what individual citizens / consumers do, but also what people do in the various roles they occupy, including as members of communities, employees, leaders, etc. So, I think we need system change - but I think essentially it's people that make that happen. It's not just about directly cutting emissions (e.g., avoiding flights, turning off sprinklers), it's about using influence wherever you have it - e.g., voting for green politicians, protesting, having conversations with neighbours or colleagues, avoiding polluting suppliers at work... so, yes, it's up to everyone and we each probably have more power than we think!

UniversityofBath72 karma

Hi - this is another very good thing to clarify. What you're describing in a speech sound problem - or an articular problem. This is very different to language. Language is how we structure our thoughts and ideas, and understand what other people are saying. Articulation is the physical process of actually saying words. What you described sounds like an articular problem.