ERIC Number: EJ849090
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 94
Is Speech Learning "Gated" by the Social Brain?
Kuhl, Patricia K.
Developmental Science, v10 n1 p110-120 Jan 2007
I advance the hypothesis that the earliest phases of language acquisition--the developmental transition from an initial universal state of language processing to one that is language-specific--requires social interaction. Relating human language learning to a broader set of neurobiological cases of communicative development, I argue that the social brain "gates" the computational mechanisms involved in human language learning.
Descriptors: Interpersonal Relationship, Interaction, Brain, Language Processing, Language Acquisition, Interpersonal Communication, Neurological Organization, Young Children, Developmental Stages
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