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ANDREW WEILER
Posted over 2 years ago
Deb Roy: The birth of a word
Amazing amount and quality of data. However its a good example of how data can be be interpreted in any which way, depending on how you analyse the data. In the case of the transformation of gaa to water, there is so much to learn, not only with respect to the development of sounds into words but also the development of the "concept" of water. So far, it seems, from this research little has been added to our understanding of how infants develop the skills necessary for speech - and all that entails. My intention is to go in to this in a bit of of detail in a book I am planning to bring out in the middle of the year, in an effort to help language learners better understand how they can dramatically improve their language learning prowess. (The stats on this are pretty dismal currently.) I have already started to go into this on http;//www.strategiesinlanguagelearning.com If you are interested to be informed when the book comes out, either register on site on drop me a line.
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ANDREW WEILER
Posted over 2 years ago
To what extent does first language acquisition differ to second language acquisition?
Hi Eliza, I am in the process of writing a book where this will be explored in full. Essentially as adults we have added "complications" because of our developments of our intellect and emotions as adults as well as the education we have had. All this had added layersbut essentially we can still access our learning powers of infants. Essentially the people who are "talented" language learners are the ones who do. My main website http://www.stratgeiesinlanguagelearning.com explores these differences and similarities in a way that any language learner can understand. You might be interested in it.
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ANDREW WEILER
Posted over 2 years ago
Patricia Kuhl: The linguistic genius of babies
By Patricia continuing to refer to the statistics that babies keep I think really undermines the amazing powers that babies exhibit. Becoming aware of a sound, how it links to other sounds and then a stream of sounds requires far more than keeping statistics. The reality is that the baby adapts to what they hear and bounce off that as they keep testing whether what they say matches what they hear. This requires the development of an acute sense of hearing of both the other AND the self.
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ANDREW WEILER
Posted over 2 years ago
Patricia Kuhl: The linguistic genius of babies
The chart in the beginning that is shown about the poor rates of adult learning reflect more on the extremely poor language teaching methodologies currently used and the corresponding poor ways of learning that ,ost of the 1.2 billion learners of a second language are employing. Change the strategies used by language learners and we will see a very different graph. Try giving a person a fork to drink soup with and see how effective they will be! Check out http://www.strategiesinlanguagelearning.com to see what a spoon looks like in language learning! :-)