Is there anything you can do to help babies learn language?

Babies do a great job of learning language, but it’s still a pretty complex undertaking. Who wouldn’t like to help the little tackers figure it out? But does anything help babies learn language? Baby signs? Special toys?

Daniel, Ben, and Kylie are delving into the research on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Show notes

Samsung develops emoji-based chat app for people with language disorders
https://arstechnica.com/business/2017/04/samsung-develops-emoji-based-chat-app-for-people-with-language-disorders/

A Stroke Survivor Explains Why Samsung’s Emoji Translation App May Not Be a Cheap Gimmick
https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/a-stroke-survivor-explains-why-samsungs-emoji-translation-app-may-not-be-a-cheap-gimmick

The End Is Near for Google’s Blob Emoji
http://au.pcmag.com/google-android-o/47987/news/the-end-is-near-for-googles-blob-emoji

Baby Sign Language: Does It Work?
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/2015/02/04/baby-sign-language-work/

Does Baby Sign Make a Difference?
http://www.hanen.org/helpful-info/articles/does-baby-sign-make-a-difference-.aspx

Baby sign language: An evidence-based guide
http://www.parentingscience.com/baby-sign-language.html

Is baby sign language worthwhile?
http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/infant-and-toddler-health/expert-answers/baby-sign-language/faq-20057980

Traditional Toys May Beat Gadgets in Language Development
https://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/12/23/traditional-toys-may-beat-gadgets-in-language-development/?_r=1

Electronic Toys May Hinder Baby Language Development
http://www.npr.org/2015/12/27/461173092/electronic-toys-may-hinder-baby-language-development

Handheld screen time linked with speech delays in young children
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-05/aaop-hst042617.php

Music may help babies learn language skills
http://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2016-04-26/music-may-help-babies-learn-language-skills/7357642

Baby talk words with repeated sounds help infants learn language
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/05/160527112647.htm

Pretending to Understand What Babies Say Can Make Them Smarter
https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/08/pretending-to-understand-what-babies-say-can-make-them-smarter/379324/

Parents, listen next time your baby babbles
https://now.uiowa.edu/2014/08/parents-listen-next-time-your-baby-babbles

Reading with children starting in infancy gives lasting literacy boost
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/05/170504083146.htm

Storybook reading could help with language
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2017/04/02/storybook-reading-could-help-language

Can you see what I am talking about? Human speech triggers referential expectation in four-month-old infants
https://www.nature.com/articles/srep13594

Ask a Linguist: When should you worry about language development?
http://linguistlist.org/ask-ling/lang-acq.cfm#worry

Mark Latham’s FB message
https://www.facebook.com/MarkLathamsOutsiders/posts/1500124996695501?match=bWFyayBsYXRoYW0ncw%3D%3D

Phrase Finder: Politically correct
http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/287100.html

Tony Abbott calls for Safe Schools ‘social engineering program’ to be axed
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-03-01/abbott-calls-for-end-to-safe-schools/7209766

RationalWiki: Cultural Marxism
http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Cultural_Marxism

‘Cultural Marxism’: a uniting theory for rightwingers who love to play the victim
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jan/19/cultural-marxism-a-uniting-theory-for-rightwingers-who-love-to-play-the-victim

The problem with evoking Marxism in the Safe Schools debate
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-03-24/bradley-marxism-and-safe-schools/7272764


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