[Colloquium] Early Attention to the Sociality of Language

As early as birth, infants are especially attuned to language, showing preferences for the sounds in their native language or languages. In this talk, I first describe two types of social inferences that infants make about people based on the language that they speak. Then, I present work suggesting that infants' and children's early linguistic surroundings -- whether they are exposed to a monolingual or bilingual environment -- may impact these types of social inferences.