Early Speech Perception and Later Language Development : Implications for the “ Critical Period ”

@inproceedings{Kuhl2005EarlySP,
  title={Early Speech Perception and Later Language Development : Implications for the “ Critical Period ”},
  author={Patricia K. Kuhl and Barbara T. Conboy and Denise Padden and Tobey Nelson and Jessica Pruitt},
  year={2005}
}
In this article, we present a summary of recent research linking speech perception in infancy to later language development, as well as a new empirical study examining that linkage. Infant phonetic discrimination is initially language universal, but a decline in phonetic discrimination occurs for nonnative phonemes by the end of the 1st year. Exploiting this transition in phonetic perception between 6 and 12 months of age, we tested the hypothesis that the decline in nonnative phonetic… CONTINUE READING

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