There’s No Sound Like Home

New study shows that babies learn language best from speakers that sound like their caregivers.

78185513Language development in bilingual children remains a contested and enigmatic phenomenon and, oftentimes, it’s hard to distinguish myth from fact. A new study published in the International Journal of Behavioral Development sheds important light not only on how babies acquire language, but it may also explain why studies on bilinguals sometimes contradict each other. Apparently, bilingual children learn best from bilingual adults and monolingual children learn best from monolingual adults. Essentially, children learn best in the linguistic environment that best mirrors their home.