Scientists say babies decipher speech as early as three months before birth.
The evidence comes from detailed brain scans of 12 infants born prematurely.
At just 28 weeks' gestation, the babies appeared to discriminate between different syllables like "ga" and "ba" as well as male and female voices.The research lends support to the idea that babies develop language skills while still in the womb in response to their parents' voices. ...THE FETUS IS NOT SOME FOREIGN LUMP OF CELLS PARASITICALLY LIVING OFF ITS HOST; IT IS A HUMAN BEING IN THE WOMB OF ITS MOTHER.
... Babies hear can hear their mother's voice in the womb and pick up on the pitch and rhythm”
Experts already know that babies are able to hear noises in the womb - the ear and the auditory part of the brain that allow this are formed by around 23 weeks' gestation.
But it is still debated whether humans are born with an innate ability to process speech or whether this is something acquired through learning after birth.
The authors of the study in PNAS say environmental factors are undoubtedly important, but based on their findings they believe linguistic processes are innate.
Dr Fabrice Wallois and colleagues say: "Our results demonstrate that the human brain, at the very onset of the establishment of a cortical circuit for auditory perception, already discriminates subtle differences in speech syllables."
IT SHOULD BE TREATED AS SUCH.