The Metcalf Infant Research Lab
Brown University - Box 1821 - Providence RI - 02912
Professor James L. Morgan, director
ever wondered how
babies learn to talk?
Here at the Metcalf Infant Research Laboratory, we are trying to find out!
Babies can do some really amazing things!
*In the first few days of life, they can recognize sound patterns of their native language.
*By 4 months, they can recognize their own names.
*By 6 months, they associate the word "mommy" with their own mother.
*Between 6 and 7 months, they begin to pull individual words out of the speech they hear.
|But most importantly, before they learn to tie their own shoes, children become experts at a system that linguists still haven't cracked , the human language!|
Since 1989, under the direction of Dr. James L. Morgan, we
have been conducting research in Infant Speech Perception, in order to
understand this amazing process. Over the years, we have been involved
in a number of research projects - for example, how babies find the
boundaries between words in speech
(therearenospacesbetweenwordswhenwetalk) , what babies know about the
individual sounds that make up the words of their language, and what
kinds of properties of the speech they hear might be helpful in the
We are always looking for volunteers to participate in our studies!
Website maintained by L Rolfe.