Does this mean that your "total language proficiency" is a zero sum game?

The idea that babies are taking "statistics" seems to imply that the brain is purposefully trying to differentiate between the useful sounds and the non-useful ones so it can ignore the non-useful ones in favor of the useful ones. So if for example you expose a baby to equal amounts of Japanese "r" and English "r/l" does the baby become better at both, or relatively worse at both due to there being no statistical difference in importance between the three?

Image for post Does this mean that your "total language proficiency" is a zero sum game?
bobbobs avatar Animals & Nature
Share
0 0
There are no comments here yet. Start the conversation below!
Please   login   or signup   to leave a comment.