Do 6-month-olds understand that speech can communicate?

  title={Do 6-month-olds understand that speech can communicate?},
  author={Athena Vouloumanos and Alia Martin and Kristine H. Onishi},
  journal={Developmental science},
  volume={17 6},
Adults and 12-month-old infants recognize that even unfamiliar speech can communicate information between third parties, suggesting that they can separate the communicative function of speech from its lexical content. But do infants recognize that speech can communicate due to their experience understanding and producing language, or do they appreciate that speech is communicative earlier, with little such experience? We examined whether 6-month-olds recognize that speech can communicate… CONTINUE READING
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