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Biased to learn language


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Some recent publications that explore the foundations of early language development are reviewed in this article. The review adopts the pivotal idea that infants’ advancements are helped by the existence of different types of biases. The infant's discovery of the phonological properties of the language of the environment, as well as their learning of words, is assisted by different types of processing biases, ranging from perceptual to social factors.