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The multimedia story is a documentation of the life of a Hispanic, bilingual mother and child residing in the District of Columbia. The purpose was to visually capture the experience of a bilingual family and understand where Spanish-English language barriers become apparent. The subjects for this project were enrolled at a local elementary school where I was employed. My discoveries revealed that despite palpable language barriers in various physical locations, the most distinct divide exists between mother and child. The multimedia story provides anthropological and visual evidence in support of the hypothesis that language development of bilingual individuals relies primarily on that which is spoken within the household.

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