Raquel Willerman

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Early babbling has been characterized as being fundamentally a mandibular oscillation: the infant's repeated lowering and raising of its mandible yields a perceived contrast between consonants produced in a closed vocal tract configuration and vowels produced with an open tract. We wondered whether babblers produce rhythmic mandibular oscillations without(More)
Cross-language research on adult speech perception demonstrates a strong effect of linguistic experience on consonant perception but not on vowel perception. Our paper re-examines the effect of linguistic experience on adults’ vowel perception. First, identification and goodness functions for the high front quadrant of the vowel space were mapped for(More)
  • PERILUS XIII, Catharina Kylander, +22 authors Sidney Wood
  • 2010
19 It has been claimed (Bolinger & Sears 1981; Swadesh 1971) that closed-class morphemes contain more than their share of "simple" segments. That is, closed-class morphemes tend to underexploit the phonetic possibilities available in the segment inventories of languages. To investigate this claim, the consonants used in pronoun paradigms from 32(More)
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