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Study shows adults can learn language to fluency nearly as well as children

2 months ago
MIT scientists find surprising results in a first-of-its-kind study
A paper published in the journal Cognition titled “A critical period for second language acquisition: Evidence from 2/3 million English speakers” used a new, quiz-powered method of gathering a huge linguistic dataset to provide new insights into how human beings learn a language and what effect age has on that process. The authors Joshua K. HartshorneJoshua B. Tenenbaum, and Steven Pinker found that if you start learning a language before the age of 18, you have a much better likelihood of obtaining a native-like mastery of the language’s grammar than if you start later. This is a much older age than has been generally assumed.

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