Language discrimination by newborns: toward an understanding of the role of rhythm.

@article{Nazzi1998LanguageDB,
  title={Language discrimination by newborns: toward an understanding of the role of rhythm.},
  author={Thierry Nazzi and Josiane Bertoncini and Jacques Mehler},
  journal={Journal of experimental psychology. Human perception and performance},
  year={1998},
  volume={24 3},
  pages={
          756-66
        }
}
Three experiments investigated the ability of French newborns to discriminate between sets of sentences in different foreign languages. The sentences were low-pass filtered to reduce segmental information while sparing prosodic information. Infants discriminated between stress-timed English and mora-timed Japanese (Experiment 1) but failed to discriminate between stress-timed English and stress-timed Dutch (Experiment 2). In Experiment 3, infants heard different combinations of sentences from… CONTINUE READING

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