Patricia Kuhl: The linguistic genius of babies

Patricia Kuhl, Feb 23, 2011
Commentary by Stephen Downes

How do people learn language? By sampling from the language around them. "Patricia Kuhl shares astonishing findings about how babies learn one language over another -- by listening to the humans around them and 'taking statistics' on the sounds they need to know. Clever lab experiments (and brain scans) show how 6-month-old babies use sophisticated reasoning to understand their world." Related: Gary Small, "Google is making us smart," he said. "Searching online is brain exercise."
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