Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Deb Roy: The birth of a word
There have been many studies about how children learn to talk, focusing on the best ways to "teach," a child new words and language in general. In this incredible video, MIT researcher Deb Roy presents the first findings published more thoroughly in MIT's "Technology Review." In the study researchers applied advanced technology to, not only record video and audio of his child over months, but to also analyze all this information in a way that was not previously possible.
One of the most breathtaking moments of this video is when he shows the process of his his child learning to say "water." At around 5:00 minutes in, there is a montage of all the instances over a period of six months when then child goes from saying "gaga" to saying the word "water."
Deb Roy also explains how this technology is also being used to understand communication in the age of social networking and mass media. This will be a priceless tool for understanding linguistics. The presentation concludes with an incredible video of father and son exclaiming, "wow" the very moment the child takes his first steps. It is incredible to imagine how many "wow" moments can go by unnoticed when children are not given the right amount of attention.