publication . Article . Other literature type . 2002

Development: Linguistic ability and early language exposure

Mayberry, Rachel I.; Lock, Elizabeth; Kazmi, Hena;
  • Published: 01 May 2002 Journal: Nature, volume 417, pages 38-38 (issn: 0028-0836, eissn: 1476-4687, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Springer Science and Business Media LLC
For more than 100 years, the scientific and educational communities have thought that age is critical to the outcome of language learning1,2, but whether the onset and type of language experienced during early life affects the ability to learn language is unknown. Here we show that deaf and hearing individuals exposed to language in infancy perform comparably well in learning a new language later in life, whereas deaf individuals with little language experience in early life perform poorly, regardless of whether the early language was signed or spoken and whether the later language was spoken or signed. These findings show that language-learning ability is deter...
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