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Babies from Bilingual Families can Differentiate Between Languages Pretty Early in Life

by Kathy Jones on February 18, 2013 at 11:43 PM
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Babies from Bilingual Families can Differentiate Between Languages Pretty Early in Life

A new study published in the journal Nature Neuroscience reveals that babies born into families that are bilingual, or speak more than one language, are able to differentiate between the languages by the time they are just seven months old.

Researchers at University of British Columbia said that the babies are not only able to recognize different languages but are also able to follow them in the correct word order, for example prepositions and articles appearing before the 'content word' in some languages and in others they follow them.

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"By as early as seven months, babies are sensitive to these differences and use these as cues to tell the languages apart. If you speak two languages at home, don't be afraid, it's not a zero-sum game. Your baby is very equipped to keep these languages separate, and they do so in remarkable ways", lead researcher Janet Werker said.



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