Infant sensitivity to distributional information can affect phonetic discrimination

@article{Maye2002InfantST,
  title={Infant sensitivity to distributional information can affect phonetic discrimination},
  author={Jessica Maye and Janet F. Werker and LouAnn Gerken},
  journal={Cognition},
  year={2002},
  volume={82},
  pages={b101-b111}
}
For nearly two decades it has been known that infants' perception of speech sounds is affected by native language input during the first year of life. However, definitive evidence of a mechanism to explain these developmental changes in speech perception has remained elusive. The present study provides the first evidence for such a mechanism, showing that the statistical distribution of phonetic variation in the speech signal influences whether 6- and 8-month-old infants discriminate a pair of… CONTINUE READING
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