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There are between 4,000 and 6,000 languages remaining in the world and the characteristics of these languages vary widely. How could an infant born today master any language in the world, regardless of the language's characteristics?
Chapter 1: Language and Language Development
Language and Language Development
▴ Photo 1.1 Children from around the world acquire language similarly, regardless of the language that is learned. Have you ever considered how children in different countries learn language?
[Page 2]Children all over the world have the remarkable ability to learn any language that they hear on a daily basis. This remarkable ability remains one of the most intriguing topics in science. A child born today can learn any of the 6,000 languages spoken in the world today. These languages vary a great deal in terms of how they sound, how the words are ordered within sentences, and how new words can be created. A child born in France will acquire French. A child born in Beijing will ...