Perspectives

Learning Rediscovered

Science  13 Dec 1996:
Vol. 274, Issue 5294, pp. 1849-1850
DOI: 10.1126/science.274.5294.1849

Summary

Infants can learn more and earlier than we thought. A new result in this week's issue [Saffran et al. (p. 1926)] reports that a surprisingly brief exposure to nonsense syllables can fuel the absorption of a sophisticated understanding of their use. Bates and Elman discuss these results in the context of the ongoing debate about whether and how language is a learned ability.