LINGUIST List 14.489

Wed Feb 19 2003

Media: Media: UW-M: Infant language

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  1. Karen Chung, Media: UW-M: Infant language

Message 1: Media: UW-M: Infant language

Date: Tue, 18 Feb 2003 23:04:25 +0800
From: Karen Chung <>
Subject: Media: UW-M: Infant language

 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.

 The URL:

 Thanks to Peter Meijer of Philips ( for calling this aricle to my attention.

 Karen Steffen Chung
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