Language experienced in utero affects vowel perception after birth: a two-country study.

@article{Moon2013LanguageEI,
  title={Language experienced in utero affects vowel perception after birth: a two-country study.},
  author={Christine Moon and Hugo Lagercrantz and Patricia K Kuhl},
  journal={Acta paediatrica},
  year={2013},
  volume={102 2},
  pages={156-60}
}
AIMS To test the hypothesis that exposure to ambient language in the womb alters phonetic perception shortly after birth. This two-country study aimed to see whether neonates demonstrated prenatal learning by how they responded to vowels in a category from their native language and another non-native language, regardless of how much postnatal experience the infants had. METHOD A counterbalanced experiment was conducted in Sweden (n = 40) and the USA (n = 40) using Swedish and English vowel… CONTINUE READING
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