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Acquisition des langues

Born With a Preference for Two Languages

Last Updated: 18 Jun 2012

Newborn infants are attuned to their bilingual mothers' languages.

It has been known for some time that newborn infants with monolingual mothers have become sensitive in utero to some characteristics of the spoken language they are exposed to. Thus, when tested just after birth, they show a preference for their mother's voice as well as their mother's native language over another language that is rhythmically different. Read more...