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Early language acquisition: cracking the speech code
  • P. Kuhl
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Nature Reviews Neuroscience
  • 1 November 2004
Infants learn language with remarkable speed, but how they do it remains a mystery. New data show that infants use computational strategies to detect the statistical and prosodic patterns in languageExpand
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Human adults and human infants show a “perceptual magnet effect” for the prototypes of speech categories, monkeys do not
  • P. Kuhl
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Perception & psychophysics
  • 1 March 1991
Many perceptual categories exhibit internal structure in which category prototypes play an important role. In the four experiments reported here, the internal structure of phonetic categories wasExpand
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Cross-language analysis of phonetic units in language addressed to infants.
In the early months of life, infants acquire information about the phonetic properties of their native language simply by listening to adults speak. The acoustic properties of phonetic units inExpand
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Birdsong and human speech: common themes and mechanisms.
Human speech and birdsong have numerous parallels. Both humans and songbirds learn their complex vocalizations early in life, exhibiting a strong dependence on hearing the adults they will imitate,Expand
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Phonetic learning as a pathway to language: new data and native language magnet theory expanded (NLM-e)
Infants' speech perception skills show a dual change towards the end of the first year of life. Not only does non-native speech perception decline, as often shown, but native language speechExpand
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A new view of language acquisition.
  • P. Kuhl
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences…
  • 24 October 2000
At the forefront of debates on language are new data demonstrating infants' early acquisition of information about their native language. The data show that infants perceptually "map" criticalExpand
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Linguistic experience alters phonetic perception in infants by 6 months of age.
Linguistic experience affects phonetic perception. However, the critical period during which experience affects perception and the mechanism responsible for these effects are unknown. This study ofExpand
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A perceptual interference account of acquisition difficulties for non-native phonemes
This article presents an account of how early language experience can impede the acquisition of non-native phonemes during adulthood. The hypothesis is that early language experience altersExpand
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Infants show a facilitation effect for native language phonetic perception between 6 and 12 months.
Patterns of developmental change in phonetic perception are critical to theory development. Many previous studies document a decline in nonnative phonetic perception between 6 and 12 months of age.Expand
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The bimodal perception of speech in infancy.
Infants 18 to 20 weeks old recognize the correspondence between auditorially and visually presented speech sounds, and the spectral information contained in the sounds is critical to the detection ofExpand
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