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Native Language Governs the Way Toddlers Interpret Speech Sounds, According to Penn Study
October 1, 2007
Toddlers are learning language skills earlier than expected and, by the age of 18 months, understand enough of the lexicon of their own language to recognize how speakers use sounds to convey meaning. They also ignore sounds that don't play a significant role in speaking their native tongue, according to a study by a University of Pennsylvania psychologist.
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