IMG_1402CIS faculty Anne Warlaumont has recently been featured in UC Merced news, based on her work recently published in the prestigious PNAS.

From the UC Merced news piece:

The squeals, vowel-like sounds and growls made by infants are critical to the development of human language, according a recent paper coauthored by a cognitive scientist at the University of California, Merced.

The paper, published online by the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows infants at 3 to 4 months old are able to use sounds to express how they feel about something, whether it’s positive, neutral or negative. Called functional flexibility, this ability allows sounds to be distinct from their meanings and is a defining characteristic of language.

Read the full story here.