Study shows that babies can detect different languages

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LilianNekipelov  Identity Verified
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Did the babies tell them about it? Jan 18, 2014

Dogs too--they react differently to different sounds (I am serious). I doubt babies know, though that the people are speaking different languages. They just react differently to different wave lengths--like some may like classical a music more, others might prefer rock, and react differently to different sounds. I think they may be able to group people based on the phonology of the languages they are speaking, but I don't really think they know much about particular words being different, especially in loner speech samples--perhaps only if when pronouncing the word the person would point at an object.

 

Neil Coffey  Identity Verified
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Not just that they *detect* different languages Jan 18, 2014

Going by the abstract, it seems that the study is actually attempting to shown something a little more profound: it's not that the 13 year old can "detect" different languages, but rather that their minds *associate* different speakers with different languages. I'm guessing the novel part of the research is pinning down just how early infants do this.

 

LilianNekipelov  Identity Verified
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That's bad. Jan 18, 2014

Don't you think so? What if one day the person decided to speak in another language to the baby? I don't remember this to be the case--my father switched between three languages, and I never associated him with a language, but rather with a person.

 


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