[MUD-Dev] DGN: Reasons for play [was: EmergentBehaviorsspawnedfrom...]

Lydia Leong lwl at black-knight.org
Sat Sep 24 19:36:56 CEST 2005

On Sep 22,  4:46pm, Ilia Malkovitch wrote:

> Does this mean that if you (somehow artificially) managed to
> submerge a baby in an environment that contained "all" phonemes
> (or at least the majority of the phonemes from around the world),
> then this person would have a significantly easier time learning
> foreign languages and hearing nuances within them?

Yes. In fact, there are now toys and DVDs for babies that do exactly
this. There's a "babble ball" out there, for instance -- the sort of
soft ball that babies roll around that used to make, say, jingling
noises, now makes phoneme sounds.

Worth reading, by the way: _The Scientist in the Crib_.

	-- Lydia
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