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Newborns Know Their Native Tongue, Study Finds
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HLJHLJ



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2013 12:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

wangdaning wrote:

With you on this. I don't care if they have done this since the sun was created, you simply cannot tell what language a baby has. \ full stop\


You've completely missed the point. It doesn't show what language a baby does or doesn't 'have', it shows that they can identify differences between one language and another.

The pacifier test shows changes in attention levels. If a baby reliably pays differential attention to different stimuli, then on some level, they must be able to perceive the differences between those stimuli.


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santi84



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2013 3:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting. My youngest is 9 weeks - he was exposed to English and French equally in the womb. My oldest is 2 years & 7 months, he is starting at a French nursery on Monday. He was exposed to a mix of English and French as well, his English (my language) took off but his French is now poor (despite a good exposure from living in a francophone town and his grandparents/father). He absolutely has a preference, and that is my language.

Or it's because Special Agent OSO is in English, I'm not sure.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2013 5:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quote:
It's been used for decades in thousands of experiments on a huge number of topics.
So has astrology.

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It's extremely robust.
Robust snake oil.
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fluffyhamster



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2013 10:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

More breaking news: another brand-new scientific report has discovered that babies have ears, and mothers. That's about as far as it goes, "unfortunately".
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LongShiKong



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2013 12:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

wangdaning wrote:
...you simply cannot tell what language a baby has. \ full stop\


Why not? Granted, we're incapable of mind-reading but there's a lot that can gained from observation. Look at Jane Goodall's work.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2013 7:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Practical application(s)?
I can't personally think of a single one....
Perhaps someone can enlighten me...
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