ANDREW WEILER Posted about 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.