The Beginnings of Word Segmentation in English-Learning Infants

@article{Jusczyk1999TheBO,
  title={The Beginnings of Word Segmentation in English-Learning Infants},
  author={Peter W. Jusczyk and Derek M. Houston and Mary R. Newsome},
  journal={Cognitive Psychology},
  year={1999},
  volume={39},
  pages={159-207}
}
A series of 15 experiments was conducted to explore English-learning infants' capacities to segment bisyllabic words from fluent speech. The studies in Part I focused on 7.5 month olds' abilities to segment words with strong/weak stress patterns from fluent speech. The infants demonstrated an ability to detect strong/weak target words in sentential contexts. Moreover, the findings indicated that the infants were responding to the whole words and not to just their strong syllables. In Part II, a… 

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  • P. Jusczyk
  • Linguistics
    Trends in Cognitive Sciences
  • 1999

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