Sarah S Nestor

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To build their first lexicon, infants must first be able to recognize words in the input. This task is made challenging by the inherent variability of speech. Potential sources of variability include changes in speaker identity, vocal emotion, amplitude and pitch. English-speaking adults can recognize a word regardless of these changes and mature word(More)
Previous studies have shown that 7.5-month-olds can track and encode words in fluent speech, but they fail to equate instances of a word that contrast in talker gender, vocal affect, and fundamental frequency. By 10.5 months, they succeed at generalizing across such variability, marking a clear transition period during which infants' word recognition skills(More)
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