My daughter is nearing 1 year old now and I find myself fascinated by the way she is trying to talk, and replicate sounds. It’s amazing how much she has progressed in the last year. I remember watching a couple of TED talks some time ago, and I can relate to them now as I watch my daughter developer her linguistic capabilities.
If you’ve got a baby or young child, and it you haven’t yet seen these, these make great viewing;
Patricia Kuhl: The linguistic genius of babies
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.
Deb Roy: The birth of a word
MIT researcher Deb Roy wanted to understand how his infant son learned language — so he wired up his house with videocameras to catch every moment (with exceptions) of his son’s life, then parsed 90,000 hours of home video to watch “gaaaa” slowly turn into “water.” Astonishing, data-rich research with deep implications for how we learn.