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The Cortical Representation of Speech
In this study, we compare regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF) while French monolingual subjects listen to continuous speech in an unknown language, to lists of French words, or to meaningful and
Epenthetic vowels in Japanese: A perceptual illusion?
In four cross-linguistic experiments comparing French and Japanese hearers, we found that the phonotactic properties of Japanese (very reduced set of syllable types) induce Japanese listeners to
Is numerical comparison digital? Analogical and symbolic effects in two-digit number comparison.
In 4 experiments of timed 2-digit number comparisons with a fixed standard, the findings of Hinrichs, Yurko, and Hu (1981) were extended with French Ss and contrary to the prediction of the interference model, presenting the units before the decades did not change the influence of units on RTs.
Signal-Driven Computations in Speech Processing
It is shown that both statistical computations to identify words in speech and algebraic-like computation to discover higher level (grammatical) structure can be influenced by subtle cues in the speech signal.
The bilingual brain. Proficiency and age of acquisition of the second language.
Findings suggest that, at least for pairs of L1 and L2 languages that are fairly close, attained proficiency is more important than age of acquisition as a determinant of the cortical representation of L2.
Sounds and silence: An optical topography study of language recognition at birth
  • M. Peña, A. Maki, J. Mehler
  • Medicine, Psychology
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences…
  • 19 September 2003
It is concluded that neonates are born with an LH superiority to process specific properties of speech, and LH temporal areas showed significantly more activation when infants were exposed to normal speech than to backward speech or silence.
Anatomical variability in the cortical representation of first and second language
The hypothesis that first language acquisition relies on a dedicated left-hemispheric cerebral network, while late second language acquisition is not necessarily associated with a reproducible biological substrate is supported.
Language discrimination by newborns: toward an understanding of the role of rhythm.
The results suggest that newborns use prosodic and, more specifically, rhythmic information to classify utterances into broad language classes defined according to global rhythmic properties.