News Flash: Young Children Acquire Language Through Social Interaction

New in the Atlantic: Papa, Don’t Text: The Perils of Distracted Parenting by linguist and author Deborah Fallows.  She urges parents to put down the phone and interact with their children, with research showing that children with parents who interact with them verbally have higher language proficiency:

In essence, the children made greater linguistic strides when adults talked with them than when they were simply in the presence of language or even when adults talked to them.

Also cited: a study showing children learned to hear the sounds of Mandarin from a live speaker, but not from a DVD.

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2 responses to “News Flash: Young Children Acquire Language Through Social Interaction

  1. Reblogged this on Tree Feathers and commented:
    I couldn’t agree more.

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  2. It really is sad how little interaction kids are receiving at home these days. Technology has really taken over so many peoples lives. Growing up as a kid there was a 15″ TV that was fuzzy and not very enjoyable. With the advancements in technology people have begun to re-prioritize and children are getting the short end of the stick. It is sick.

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