Perception of native and non-native affricate-fricative contrasts: cross-language tests on adults and infants.

@article{Tsao2006PerceptionON,
  title={Perception of native and non-native affricate-fricative contrasts: cross-language tests on adults and infants.},
  author={Feng-Ming Tsao and Huei-Mei Liu and Patricia K. Kuhl},
  journal={The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America},
  year={2006},
  volume={120 4},
  pages={
          2285-94
        }
}
Previous studies have shown improved sensitivity to native-language contrasts and reduced sensitivity to non-native phonetic contrasts when comparing 6-8 and 10-12-month-old infants. This developmental pattern is interpreted as reflecting the onset of language-specific processing around the first birthday. However, generalization of this finding is limited by the fact that studies have yielded inconsistent results and that insufficient numbers of phonetic contrasts have been tested… CONTINUE READING

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