Neuroscience December 1 2023

Summary: New research suggests that parents should use sing-song speech, such as nursery rhymes, with their babies, as it aids language development.

Contrary to the belief that phonetic information is the foundation of language, this study reveals that rhythmic speech plays a crucial role in language acquisition during a child’s first months. Phonetic information is not reliably processed until around seven months of age, whereas rhythmic information helps babies recognize word boundaries from the start.

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