Synopsis by Steve Blackburn
The ability to speak in a complex language is a key element that distinguishes humans from animals. NOVA: Baby Talk explores the mystery of how children learn to speak. We take it almost for granted, but the feat of a child sorting through the intricacies of grammar and syntax, of learning to express wants and ideas using adult words, remains one of the marvels of life. Some experts theorize that the process begins in the womb. The program covers the latest linguistic theories, and includes a discussion of which comes first: language or thought?