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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 alters relatively low-level perceptual processing, and that these changes interfere with the formation and adaptability of higher-level linguistic representations. Supporting(More)
Cry stimuli with a variety of tempi were generated by changing the durations of some original cries using linear time-scale conversion. Subjects who had had no experience in infant care were instructed to identify the stimuli by making a forced-choice among the three categories: hunger, anger, and call. The analysis indicates that tempo is one reliable cue(More)
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