The strange physics of how babies talk
How is language just so learnable? "The idea that language locks in place, as water does when it’s chilled, is a weird, attractive idea. It’s fair to say that something has “crystallized” in the mind of a child able to talk." Writing in Nautilus, Brian Gallager marvels at his daughter's first words and unravels the science behind a baby's journey to speak.
From Nautilus magazine