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Babies Start Learning Language Before Being Born

Little
kids sure pick up languages fast – but what you probably don’t know is
that even newborn are linguistic whizzes from learning the sounds of their
mother tongue while in utero:

Research led by Christine Moon, a professor of psychology at Pacific
Lutheran University, shows that infants, only hours old showed marked
interest for the vowels of a language that was not their mother tongue.

"We have known for over 30 years that we begin learning prenatally
about voices by listening to the sound of our mother talking,"
Moon said. "This is the first study that shows we learn about the
particular speech sounds of our mother’s language before we are born."

Before the study, the general consensus was that infants learned about
the small parts of speech, the vowels and the consonants, postnatally.
Moon added. "This study moves the measurable result of experience
with individual speech sounds from six months of age to before birth,"
she said. The findings will be published in Acta Paediatrica in late
December.

Link
– via Popsci

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January 3rd, 2013

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