and it is our genetic heritage which dictates that these structures be present... or absent. Perhaps, then, it is a genetic ability.
Would this not imply that if genetics are in our favor then we, as adults, would still posess the ability to acquire absolute pitch?
We've known since 1899 that any adult can learn to remember, recognize, and recall musical tones, but there is no proof anywhere of any adult ever gaining absolute pitch as an adult
first, the misconception that tone recognition is in fact absolute pitch ability, and second, the implication that it was the method rather than the subject which was responsible for success.
If an adult can learn to tell notes apart just the same as a child with absolute pitch can then where's the difference if both yield the same results?
The question about teaching adults is therefore a valid one. Is it too late? What if the widespread ability to learn tone recognition can be explained this way: that the necessary absolute-pitch structures are still present in everyone's brain, and can still function in adulthood-- however, it's too late for them to develop
Ok, if someone is quite a late bloomer, per se, would it be possible for someone to develop later than others and in turn be able to learn absolute pitch at a much later age than the normal?
Regarding the process of learning a new language. I've recently started to learn Norwegian. I hadn't thought nearly as in depth about the accent part of learning. I'd just figured that if I pronounced a vowel or a diphthong as though it was English then I was pronouncing it wrong and in turn not really learning the language. I'm not too in depth with the language just yet, but I can sound out pretty much anything I read. I don't necessarily know what I just read, but I know how it sounds.