[LMB] Can anybody on the list read Korean?

Howard Brazee howard at brazee.net
Tue Nov 15 00:46:57 GMT 2016

> On Nov 14, 2016, at 4:52 PM, Marc Wilson <marc.wilson at gmx.co.uk> wrote:
> I read somewhere (New Scientist, perhaps?) that newborns have a very
> wide range of perception of vocal sounds, but the ones that are not
> relevant are "pruned" during brain development.  It's accordingly much
> harder to learn to perceive differences that don't matter to the phoneme
> map of the language(s) you do speak.

One study showed that Japanese infants heard the difference between ra-ra-ra-la and ra-ra-ra-ra, but by the time they were toddlers, they had learned that there is no difference.

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