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“Language acquisition process can be seen as a running parallel throughout a child’s life every day. Baker (2000) stated children are born ready to become bilinguals. To enhance children’s bilingualism, a lot of stimulations to language are essential. This study looks closely at the acquisition of early bilingualism in English, Acehnese, and Bahasa Indonesia of Kaisah, from age 1;5 to 1;7. For this research, a descriptive method is used. The data collected were words that she could utter and understand in English, Acehnese, and Bahasa Indonesia. Besides collecting the data, observations were also done to analyze her bilingualism development. Bilingualism provides advantages towards an individual’s development and cognitive growth by being bilingualism, such as communication advantages, cultural advantages, cognitive advantages, character advantages, curriculum advantages, and cash advantages. This study is expected to
support parents and teachers of bilingual children as a reference in understanding, assisting or facilitating language acquisition.”
Yunisrina Qismullah Yusuf is a Lecturer at the English Department in the Faculty of Teacher Training and Education, Universitas Syiah Kuala, Banda Aceh, Indonesia, where she teaches Psycholinguistics, Writing, Reading and English Pronunciation. She is currently a PhD (Linguistics) student in the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with a research on a comparative study of vowels from two varieties of Acehnese, a study in Banda Aceh, Indonesia and Kampung Acheh, Kedah, Malaysia. She has an MA in Linguistics also from the University of Malaya. Her research interests are language acquisition, phonology, syntax, sociolinguistics, language and culture.
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