LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT

TED WEEKENDS
Professor Deb Roy's study is a great example of how large-scale databases can answer important questions beyond those obtainable from standard experiments.
TED WEEKENDS
What is truly fascinating is that just as children have an innate ability to learn language, their caregivers -- anyone from a mother to an older sibling to the teenage babysitter from down the block -- have an innate ability to teach it.
TED WEEKENDS
Can the sounds we choose first really capture who we will become over time? Or do we give them added meaning with hindsight, because we have waited for them so long?
TED WEEKENDS
With a near-complete record of life at home over the first two years of my son's life, we were able to pinpoint each time he learned to say a new word. We could then trace back in time to find each occasion where he heard that word from caregivers -- the "gestation" period leading to the word's birth.