by Michael S. Kaplan, published on 2006/09/10 16:47 -04:00, original URI: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/michkap/archive/2006/09/10/748871.aspx
Earlier this year, I remember saying
It is amazing how the number of times you need to bite your freaking tongue around parents is directly proportional to how many things you learn about language acquisition!
And it is true -- because parents will often say the most inane or insane things abut their kids and their language skills. :-)
But I did like the study at the University of Washington about how Brief exposure to Mandarin can help American infants learn Chinese. The most interesting point of which is that (if true) it means that brief REAL exposure to a greater number of phonemes during that critical stage before all of the youngster's language instincts have faded could make later language acquisition easier.
The fun trick now might be to figure the smallest number of languages that would allow for the largest number of phonemes to be learned by a child -- and then to arrange for a series of nannies or whatnot who know those languages to come and speak them?
I wonder if the big language/phoneme chart exists somewhere to try to make such an acquisition plan.... :-)
Not to ding Dora the Explorer (or Sesame Street's efforts to compete with her!), but that sort of plan would be of more real in terms of benefit to a child if a parent wanted to make an effort!
(Hat tip to Raymond)
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