When variability matters more than meaning: the effect of lexical forms on use of phonemic contrasts.

@article{Thiessen2011WhenVM,
  title={When variability matters more than meaning: the effect of lexical forms on use of phonemic contrasts.},
  author={Erik D. Thiessen},
  journal={Developmental psychology},
  year={2011},
  volume={47 5},
  pages={1448-58}
}
During the first half of the 2nd year of life, infants struggle to use phonemic distinctions in label-object association tasks. Prior experiments have demonstrated that exposure to the phonemes in distinct lexical forms (e.g., /d/ and /t/ in daddy and tiger, respectively) facilitates infants' use of phonemic contrasts but also that they struggle to generalize the use of phonemic contrasts to novel syllabic contexts (Thiessen, 2007; Thiessen & Yee, 2010). Further, in prior research, infants have… CONTINUE READING

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