How young children learn language and speech?

Children are born without knowtion what world’s languages they are about to learn. In some cases they may even need to learn different languages simultaneously. Literature reports state that approximately 16% of children experience delays in the initial phases of language learning. Social environment is one of the most important parts for language learning. Therefore, early learning requires human interactions, meaning that television or computer are not enough. The very first challenge for the infant is segmenting the sound stream into meaningful words. Another obstacle is learning to connect speech perception and speech production. Not all the structures that generate speech sounds in the vocal tract are easily distinguished, so the process takes time.

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