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Children adopted early in life into another linguistic community typically forget their birth language but retain, unaware, relevant linguistic knowledge that may facilitate (re)learning of birth language patterns.
When addressing their young infants, parents systematically
modify their speech. Such infant directed speech contains
exaggerated vowel formants, which have been proposed to
foster language development via articulation of more distinct
speech sounds. Here, this assumption is rigorously tested using both acoustic and, for the first time, fine-grained articulatory