- Angelo Bertolli
- College Park, MD
- United States
Does this mean that your "total language proficiency" is a zero sum game?
The idea that babies are taking "statistics" seems to imply that the brain is purposefully trying to differentiate between the useful sounds and the non-useful ones so it can ignore the non-useful ones in favor of the useful ones. So if for example you expose a baby to equal amounts of Japanese "r" and English "r/l" does the baby become better at both, or relatively worse at both due to there being no statistical difference in importance between the three?