Babies can learn!  Elizabeth Bates and Jeffrey Elman published results of their studies showing that eight month old infants were able to learn differences in syllables after two minute exposures.  According to the article published in Science Magazine, the study “…contradicts the widespread belief that humans cannot and do not use generalized statistical procedures to acquire language.”

This and many similar studies indicate that infants may be born with an innate desire to learn language, rather than an innate language faculty.  The article can be found here.

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