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March 29, 2019 Friday 10:34:24 AM IST

Learning Native Language Is Not as Easy as Imagined

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A new research report from University of California, Berkeley stated that learning a native language is a cumbersome process and our brains are not hardwired to do it as conventional wisdom tell us.

From the baby stage to adulthood, we process enough information about language to occupy a 1.5 MB floppy disk if it is converted to binary code. Children and teenagers learn up to 1000 bits of information per day. Conventional flow- charting techniques used in programming languages are used by our brain as they store information about each new word we encounter in life, the report said.

The study rules out the possibility of artificial intelligence or machines ever competing with humans in understanding language as they cannot grasp the full meaning of different words and also the syntax associated with it.


Source: https://royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/10.1098/rsos.181393

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