Pattern-Induced Covert Category Learning in Songbirds

  title={Pattern-Induced Covert Category Learning in Songbirds},
  author={Jordan A. Comins and Timothy Gentner},
  journal={Current Biology},
Language is uniquely human, but its acquisition may involve cognitive capacities shared with other species. During development, language experience alters speech sound (phoneme) categorization. Newborn infants distinguish the phonemes in all languages but by 10 months show adult-like greater sensitivity to native language phonemic contrasts than non-native contrasts. Distributional theories account for phonetic learning by positing that infants infer category boundaries from modal distributions… CONTINUE READING
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