Clauses are perceptual units for young infants

@article{HirshPasek1987ClausesAP,
  title={Clauses are perceptual units for young infants},
  author={K. Hirsh-Pasek and D. K. Nelson and P. Jusczyk and K. Cassidy and L. Kennedy},
  journal={Cognition},
  year={1987},
  volume={26},
  pages={269-286}
}
Abstract Most theories of language acquisition implicitly assume that the language learner is able to arrive at a segmentation of speech into clausal units. The present studies employed a preference procedure to examine the sensitivity of 7-10-month-old infants to acoustic correlates of clausal units in English. From a recording of a mother speaking to her child, matched samples were constructed by inserting pauses either at clause boundaries or at within-clause locations. The infants oriented… Expand
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