Learning words' sounds before learning how words sound: 9-month-olds use distinct objects as cues to categorize speech information.

@article{Yeung2009LearningWS,
  title={Learning words' sounds before learning how words sound: 9-month-olds use distinct objects as cues to categorize speech information.},
  author={H. Henny Yeung and Janet F. Werker},
  journal={Cognition},
  year={2009},
  volume={113 2},
  pages={234-43}
}
One of the central themes in the study of language acquisition is the gap between the linguistic knowledge that learners demonstrate, and the apparent inadequacy of linguistic input to support induction of this knowledge. One of the first linguistic abilities in the course of development to exemplify this problem is in speech perception: specifically, learning the sound system of one's native language. Native-language sound systems are defined by meaningful contrasts among words in a language… CONTINUE READING