• Gabriela Kelemen „Aurel Vlaicu” University of Arad


bilingual, mental lexicon, syntagmatic, paradigmatic, lexical acquisition


At pre-school age, children experience an unprecedented development on all personality levels, by widening and complicating the relationship with the environment, based on the requirements of activity and communication. Therefore, children face a rapid development of speech and thinking. The development of speech is determined by the evolution of thinking, which at its turn contributes to the assimilation of different aspects of language and vocabulary. In our study, we try to show to which extend a bilingual environment favours the speech enhancement at preschoolers, contributing to the development of several opportunities such as the development of linguistic creativity, of cognitive processes, facilitation of third language enhancement. In this respect, we have carried out a comparative study between the level of speech development at preschoolers in a bilingual and a monolingual environment.


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