What do you think?

Take immigrant family for example... do you think that person’s language skill is more influenced by peers than by the family?

any answers are appreciated.
thank you!

I think so. Peers are the ones you want to fit in with and be accepted by. Plus, if you want to communicate with them, you have to pick up at least some basic language skills. The family, I believe, is only influential in the early stages of talking.

If language skill is the is the development of the basic rules of language, the family is more influential. Later, peers can add new expressions and vocabulary to the language. With immigrant children, if the basic language skills have not developed, they will have more trouble in learning a second language.

For more scientific information, I searched Google under the key words "language development" to get these possible sources:

http://www.childdevelopmentinfo.com/development/language_development.shtml
http://www.asha.org/public/speech/development/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Language_development

Under "second language" I found:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_language

I hope this helps a little more. Thanks for asking.

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