Lexicon Valley

Tweety Bird and Toddlerspeak

Language acquisition is like magic. How do children do it?

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Episode Notes

Why do toddlers have difficulty pronouncing some sounds more than others? Does growing up in a bilingual home somehow hold a child back in the classroom? Or are there beneficial effects on the brain? John McWhorter wades into the fascinating field of language acquisition.

Podcast production by Mike Vuolo.


About the Show

If you’ve ever had curious thoughts and questions about the ways we speak, read, and write, Lexicon Valley is the show for you. Hosted by linguist John McWhorter.

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