Tots Take Rhythmic Stock before Talk
Bower, Bruce, Science News
Scientists for the first time have evidence that, beginning as early as 2 months of age, babies intermittently babble approximately 3-second-long "prelinguistic phrases" characterized by a rhythm and structure that later underlie speech.
Both healthy infants and those with Down's syndrome, which usually includes severe language delays, vocalize in this way, assert Michael P. Lynch, a psychologist at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., and his colleagues. However, for as yet unclear reasons, babies with Down's syndrome take considerably longer to finish prelinguistic phrases.
The new study is slated to appear in an upcoming DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOBIOLOGY. Other …
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Publication information: Article title: Tots Take Rhythmic Stock before Talk. Contributors: Bower, Bruce - Author. Magazine title: Science News. Volume: 146. Issue: 13 Publication date: September 24, 1994. Page number: 196. © 2009 Science Service, Inc. COPYRIGHT 1994 Gale Group.
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