How Infants Are Excellent In Learning Language Patterns And Shape Biases

November 29, 2017


Learning Language Patterns

When learning spoken language, infants naturally acquire grammar.

For example, in English infants and toddlers figure out to add an “s” to make words plural or an “ed” to make words past tense. They figure this out without being taught the rules of grammar. Young children are able to do this because our language has many patterns.

Native English speakers learn when to add an ‘ing’ into words easily without effort. However, non-native English speakers may struggle to figure out when to add an ‘ing’ onto words when learning through the rules of grammar.

Learning patterns naturally in infancy is dependent on the babies hearing proper grammar, so it is important for parents to use proper grammar.

Recent research shows bilingual babies acquired just as many patterns in their first language as monolingual babies acquired in one language. In addition, the bilingual babies also learned a second language.

Learning the Shape Bias

Another pattern that is learned during infancy is called the shape bias.

The shape bias is the tendency to generalize information about objects by their shapes instead of factors such as colour, texture, material, or size.

Shapes of objects generally give more important information about objects’ functions than other features of the objects. Learning the shape bias results in babies learning new words at a faster pace. This results in an increase in the vocabularies of babies and toddlers.


The above are few of the natural phenomena that infants possess, which can be leveraged while teaching. At YourBabyCan, we teach our children in a way that is similar to how infants and young children naturally explore their environments i.e. by using their senses and by interacting with people and objects. This approach is highly interactive, involves a lot of fun for babies and is very communicative.

Our innovative mother toddler programs give your child the best start in life. The early learning program is based on proven scientific research and utilizes the golden age of your child’s development to its best potential.