Thoughts of February 2022 about Parallel Language Learning

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Most important goal/principles of early parallel (natural) language learning:

Introduction

Ranking of the sections

The more/most important principles precede the less important principles.

Principles are partially conflicting

The principles are also partially conflicting because the opportunity to choose the languages one wants to learn might mean that some dialects and even languages might no longer be actively used (but they should at least remain documented/preserved, so they can be revived in the farer future when cognitive resources are vastly increased).

Principles

Minimization of learning stress

The most important goal is that educational stress is minimized or abolished by providing early learning opportunities, so that the brain can learn in the most diverse way when it is still young and has maximum plasticity. The kids should always be allowed to learn in a playful and exploratory way at the youngest possible age instead of being forced to learn in a stressful, hasty and less deep/sustainable/efficient way in later life. This is not only valid for (natural) languages, but of course also for the STEM fields of science and especially mathematics, robotics and software and hardware development.

Choice

Every parent and as soon as possible the child itself should choose which languages it prefers to learn with as advanced as possible parallel language learning software and augmented reality hardware. In order to be able to choose the languages and dialects that one wants to learn via parallel language learning, there should be the possibility of early exposure, getting to know and trying out languages. Also crucial for early language learning is the baby sign language. It is up to the developers and (translation/content) contributors of/to such technologies to include as many languages and dialects as fully/extensively as possible, so that every language or dialect can be selected/chosen. In an ideal case, in the longer term, all human natural languages and dialects of the world, including ancient and extinct ones are included in this Parallel Language Learning hardware and software system with ever increasing completeness and the communication of as many animals as possible is also integrated increasingly, so that everyone can choose her/his languages according to her/his/its preference.

There are various factors which languages to choose:

  • Family tradition/knowledge
  • Global (regional) importance of a language (language family/group), number of global (or regional) speakers, economic importance
  • Belonging/Membership (German: "Zugehörigkeit") to as many as diverse as possible language families/groups
  • Area where one is located at one particular moment
  • Cultural, religious, historical or philosophical importance (this is important especially for ancient/sacred languages)
  • Friends/Relatives/Acquaintances or people around you who speak a particular language and with whom you can learn or practice a particular language
  • Spontaneous (unexplainable) attraction to a particular language because of its sound, its script or the people who speak it
  • Motivation to help keeping a dying/endangered language or dialect alive by learning it or at least documenting as comprehensively/extensively as possible (and making the documentation publicly accessible).

Preservation

All human natural languages and (sub)dialects, including ancient and extinct ones and including the now-existing communication of animals, should be preserved respectively revived in the (far) future (see also the section "Some principles are conflicting" above), but language learning (including early language learning) should not have a detrimental effect on learning activities and processes in the STEM field/sciences and especially (early childhood) mathematics and robotics.

Examples of language lists

Number of languages to learn

The number of languages that a child learns should be based entirely on its own preference. So anything between 1 and 100 (and possibly even more) languages is possible. For an infant and very young child that is not yet able to convey its preference, I think learning (being exposed to) between 20 and 50 languages might make sense, also depending on the child's reaction that one has to try to assess carefully. As long as a baby who is a few months old listens attentively, one can possibly continue with more languages, otherwise better not.

Examples of language lists

Examples of individually chosen parallel language learning lists: ... (will follow)

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Still to do

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