This working paper argues that growing up with two languages is an asset to children's intellectual development. The paper reports linguistic and cognitive advantages observed in bilingual children and discusses the processes through which bilingualism might have a positive effect on children's intelligence. The paper concludes with a plea to support bilingual educational efforts in the Southwest.
Southwest Hispanic Research Institute
SW Hispanic Research Institute
Diaz, Rafael M.. "The Intellectual Power of Bilingualism." (1984). http://digitalrepository.unm.edu/shri_publications/17