Medindia

X

Adults, Not Children, Learn New Languages Faster

by Tanya Thomas on  July 24, 2011 at 8:30 PM Research News   - G J E 4
Under controlled conditions, a study has indicated, adults turn out to be better than children at acquiring a new language skill.
 Adults, Not Children, Learn New Languages Faster
Adults, Not Children, Learn New Languages Faster
Advertisement

Sara Ferman of Tel Aviv University, Israel and Avi Karni from the University of Haifa, Israel, devised an experiment in which 8-year-olds, 12-year-olds and adults were given the chance to learn a new language rule. In the made-up rule, verbs were spelled and pronounced differently depending on whether they referred to an animate or inanimate object.

Advertisement
"The adults were consistently better in everything we measured," New Scientist quoted Ferman as saying.

When asked to apply the rule to new words, the 8-year-olds performed no better than chance, while most 12-year-olds and adults scored over 90 per cent. Adults fared best, and have great potential for learning new languages implicitly, said Ferman.

The results were presented at the International Congress for the Study of Child Language in Montreal, Canada.

Source: ANI
Advertisement

Post your Comments

Comments should be on the topic and should not be abusive. The editorial team reserves the right to review and moderate the comments posted on the site.
User Avatar
* Your comment can be maximum of 2500 characters
Notify me when reply is posted I agree to the terms and conditions

You May Also Like