Thank you, all! I’m making note of all the suggestions to discuss with D22 when she gets a moment to breathe. They are much appreciated!
As far as my “language geek” comment – the kid started taking Latin in 7th grade and will be in AP Latin next year, and she loves it. The structure and logic of it totally works for her brain. She likes seeing the roots and the influence it has on other languages, etc.
And then, she likes thinking about language acquisition and how the brain is involved – her younger brother has been in years of speech and myofunctional therapy, so she was exposed to the field early on. His speech patterns fascinate her – at 13, he speaks pretty well except for a bit of articulation, but he doesn’t always get past tense right, and he doesn’t naturally use a present-tense verb with a helping verb, for example (he’ll say “did you went to the store?”) – so she is curious about where and why the disconnect is happening.
She also follows Gretchen McCulloch and is interested in the way language is evolving online. (I get schooled often because I can’t keep up with current slang, lol.) https://gretchenmcculloch.com/
She’s less of a “let me learn all the languages” type, but she is teaching herself Spanish with DuoLingo. And she has an interest in learning Marathi because that’s what I grew up speaking – and what her grandparents speak – but I kind of failed as a mother and didn’t teach it to her. (My husband doesn’t speak it, so it was tougher than expected to do one-parent, one-language to ensure our kids would be bilingual. I regret it, though.)
So, many aspects of linguistics interest her, but she’s unsure yet exactly what she’ll want to study and what she’ll ultimately do with it.