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When we are born our perceptual systems are capable of discriminating sounds that occur in any language. During the first year, our perception begins to zero in on the particular set of sounds that are contrastive in our native language(s) (L1s). For example, a child whose parents are L1 English speakers will pick up on […]

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In the last post, I wrote about Dr. Laura Petitto and the work she has done with deaf children. What she discovered is that children who are exposed to signed languages from birth acquire these languages on an identical maturational time course as hearing children acquire spoken languages. That is, in her words: “Deaf children […]

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I first saw Laura Petitto, on film, when she was the person assigned with teaching Nim Chimsky, a chimpanzee named after Noam Chomsky, to use sign language. She has gone on to great things. I’ll mention a couple of her amazing studies. Sign languages have phonetic units, and in one study (1 below), she demonstrated […]

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It has been over a decade since Mark Liberman lamented the common disconnect between research and practice in his blog, Language Log. He described what was then a twenty-year mystery: Why was High Variability Phonetic Training (HVPT) which he describes as a simple, quick, and inexpensive technique for helping adults to learn the sounds of […]

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Perceptive Narrowing Children lose the ability to hear the sounds that are not in their native language at around 1- year of age. That is a fact, and it is known as perceptive narrowing. I’ve been harping on this, and pointing out the implications for teaching young FL learners, for years. The reactions range from […]

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I said I would post links to online videos if people wanted to use them for online classes. I got positive responses, but nobody actually asked for the links. I am a little unsure what that means, so will post some of the videos. This is the YouTube series the videos come from.     […]

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If you copy and paste this address into a browser, it will take you to a video and an attached quiz. It is one of 12. They can be used in online classes or as homework. And they are free.   https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1F1QUVGKeGtRMv6v9lDiHkx6Ricai9fMUHpAAz6IhQ_g/edit?usp=sharing        1) You will not be able to watch the video […]

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            In the last post, I showed that children lose the ability to hear non-native sounds at 1-year of age. In this post, I’ll explain why this is, and I’ll use the Native Language Magnet Theory (NLM; Kuhl, 2008) to do it.             NLM holds that infants recognize and categorize sound patterns into a “sound […]

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It’s amazing how many people do not know, or don’t seem to care, that kids lose the ability to hear the sounds of a non-native language at around their first birthday. This is critically important, but from my experience interacting with teachers, I would say the majority are not aware of it. In my last […]

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