The ability to learn a new language is determined by the onset of language experience during early brain development – regardless of the specific form of the language experience. This is the finding of a Canadian study led by Rachel Mayberry of McGill University. Mayberry, director of McGill’s School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, along with Elizabeth Lock of the University of Ottawa and Hena Kazmi of the University of Western Ontario, studied groups of deaf and hearing adults to see how the onset and type of initial language experience affects the ability to learn a new language.
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