Why are children so much better than adults at learning languages? And why is that humans are the only species capable of learning to talk?

At the NYU Center for Child Language, director Dr. Gary Marcus, we study the origins of human language: what babies and toddlers know about language, and how they come to know it.

Our research, which has been published in prestigious journals like Science and Nature, is funded by the National Institute Health.

We are interested both in the very roots of language -- what goes on in the minds of infants, before they've even started to talk -- and in that explosive period from age two to age five in which children make a giant leap from from being mere novices to being fluent language users.

If you have a small child, or know someone who does, and would like to help, please let us know, please sign up to bring your baby into the lab.