MIT researcher Deb Roy wanted to understand how his infant son learned language — so he wired up his house with videocameras to catch every moment (with exceptions) of his son’s life, then parsed 90,000 hours of home video to watch “gaaaa” slowly turn into “water.” Astonishing, data-rich research with deep implications for how we learn. His TED talk is a tour de force of research in language acquisiton in children:

Deb Roy: The birth of a word

Deb Roy: The birth of a word

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