Bilingual babies listen to languages — and don’t get confused

24/11/2017

All of us raising multilingual children know this. Find out more at https://www.princeton.edu/news/2017/08/07/bilingual-babies-listen-languages-and-dont-get-confused.

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Lew-Williams suggests that this study not only confirms that bilingual infants monitor and control their languages while listening to the simplest of sentences, but also provides a likely explanation of why bilinguals show cognitive advantages across the lifespan. Children and adults who have dual-language proficiency have been observed to perform better in “tasks that require switching or the inhibiting of a previously learned response,” Lew-Williams said.

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The Science of L1: How babies learn the rules of language

21/02/2017

Source:  http://tucson.com/news/local/how-babies-learn-the-rules-of-language/article_59b80f0d-6eda-52ee-8d36-7629f7ac70e6.html

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Is There an Instinct For Languages in Some Learners?

01/05/2016

Read “Real talk. For decades, the idea of a language instinct has dominated linguistics. It is simple, powerful and completely wrong” at https://aeon.co/essays/the-evidence-is-in-there-is-no-language-instinct for answers


Our brains are hardwired for language

25/04/2014

Interested in brain research? Read more here after the excerpt:
THE EXPERIMENT

To address this question, Dr. Berent and her colleagues examined the response of human brains to distinct syllable types — either ones that are frequent across languages (e.g., blif, bnif), or infrequent (e.g., bdif, lbif). In the experiment, participants heard one auditory stimulus at a time (e.g., lbif), and were then asked to determine whether the stimulus includes one syllable or two while their brain was simultaneously imaged.

Results showed the syllables that were infrequent and ill-formed, as determined by their linguistic structure, were harder for people to process. Remarkably, a similar pattern emerged in participants’ brain responses: worse-formed syllables (e.g., lbif) exerted different demands on the brain than syllables that are well-formed (e.g., blif).

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New Insight into How Toddlers Learn Verbs

25/04/2014

Good to know the current research about first langiage acquisition
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