Is speech learning 'gated' by the social brain?

  title={Is speech learning 'gated' by the social brain?},
  author={Patricia K. Kuhl},
  journal={Developmental science},
  volume={10 1},
  • P. Kuhl
  • Published 2007
  • Psychology, Biology, Linguistics
  • Developmental science
I advance the hypothesis that the earliest phases of language acquisition -- the developmental transition from an initial universal state of language processing to one that is language-specific -- requires social interaction. Relating human language learning to a broader set of neurobiological cases of communicative development, I argue that the social brain 'gates' the computational mechanisms involved in human language learning. 

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