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New Insights on Language Acquisition

Japanese is unusual among the major languages of the world in being neither stress-timed nor syllable-timed. Instead, it is mora-timed, which means it uses a unit of sound that is unfamiliar to speakers of most Western languages.

Scientists studying how Japanese babies learn to recognize morae in speech have been discovering that our assumptions based on Western languages are quite incomplete. This work underlines just how little has been done in researching the acquisition of languages that have markedly different features from the familiar Western ones.
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