Sophie Ter Schure

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In this study, we investigate how listeners classify non-native vowels, comparing classification of synthetically produced stimuli to that of natural stimuli. A forced choice identification task reveals that synthetic vowels are labeled differently from natural vowels and take more processing time. Participants are also less concordant in labeling synthetic(More)
In their first year, infants' perceptual abilities zoom in on only those speech sound contrasts that are relevant for their language. Infants' lexicons do not yet contain sufficient minimal pairs to explain this phonetic categorization process. Therefore, researchers suggested a bottom-up learning mechanism: infants create categories aligned with the(More)
Research on the influence of multimodal information on infants' learning is inconclusive. While one line of research finds that multimodal input has a negative effect on learning, another finds positive effects. The present study aims to shed some new light on this discussion by studying the influence of multimodal information and accompanying stimulus(More)
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