[LMB] Can anybody on the list read Korean?

Sylvia McIvers sylviamcivers at gmail.com
Tue Nov 15 19:08:55 GMT 2016


On Mon, Nov 14, 2016 at 6:52 PM, Marc Wilson <marc.wilson at gmx.co.uk> wrote:

> O
> 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.
>
>


I read the same in "Language Instinct" by  Stephen plinker

babies could recognize sounds that their parents couldn't, but lost the
not-needed sounds by a  year old or so.


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