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Media: Media: UW-M: Infant language

Submitter: Karen Chung

Submitter Email: karchung@ntu.edu.tw
Media Body: The University of Wisconsin-Madison has posted an article on research in
first language acquisition by psychologist Jenny Saffran, entitled: "Infants
may offer clues to language development", reported by Emily Carlson. The
article, dated 2/17/03, begins:

You may not know it, but you took a course in linguistics as a baby. By
listening to the talk around them, infants pick up sound patterns that help
them understand the speech they hear, according to new research from
UW-Madison. But this research also shows that some patterns are easier to
identify, suggesting that the development of human language may have been
shaped by what infants could learn.

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Thanks to Peter Meijer of Philips (peter.b.l.meijer@philips.com
http://www.seeingwithsound.com/) for calling this aricle to my attention.

Karen Steffen Chung

Issue Number: 14.489
Date Posted: February 19, 2003

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