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"Learning a language is child's play"

Learning

Date: 27 March 2015

The ANU College of Medicine, Biology and the Environment:

Very young children usually cannot remember a few words that you tell them, but they can somehow master complex grammar. ANU researchers have been investigating this peculiar riddle, which indicates that learning a language is child’s play.

Some people think that because very young children are good at learning languages, they have an innate knowledge of language—like a programmed robot. One theory, for example, is that children are born with an expectation that languages have verbs and nouns.

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