A new study suggests babies may exhibit interest in two languages if exposed to both while in the womb.
U.S. (WiredPRNews.com) – A new study suggests bilingualism may begin prior to a child’s birth. As reported by Health Day News, researchers found that babies exposed to two languages while in the womb may exhibit an interest in both, or recognition of the different languages after they are born.
University of British Columbia, Canada, and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in France researchers are quoted in the report as stating of their study findings on newborns born to mothers who spoke English and Tagalog, “Monolingual newborns’ preference for their single native language directs listening attention to that language… Bilingual newborns’ interest in both languages helps ensure attention to, and hence further learning about, each of their languages.”
More information about the research may be available in the Psychological Science journal online.
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