– According to a new study conducted at the Early Learning Laboratory (University of Auckland), 13-month-old babies are able to distinguish differences between languages. At this age they understand already that people don’t use the same words in the same way, depending of the language spoken.
– Those results show, counter to what is often believed, that babies don’t absorb language passively. They can, very early, make distinctions between the words they hear and use. This faculty may help them to focus on the words shared by the members of their own linguistic group.