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Newborns Know Their Native Tongue, Study Finds

by LiveScience Staff
Date: 02 January 2013 Time: 11:28 AM ET

Just hours after they're born, babies seem to be able to tell the difference between sounds in their native tongue and a foreign one, according to a new study that suggests language learning begins in utero.

"The mother has first dibs on influencing the child's brain," researcher Patricia Kuhl, of the University of Washington, said in the statement. "The vowel sounds in her speech are the loudest units and the fetus locks onto them."

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