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Infants use phonetic detail in speech perception and word learning when detail is easy to perceive

Escudero, Paola; Kalashnikova, Marina


Infants successfully discriminate speech sound contrasts that belong to their native language’s phonemic inventory in auditory-only paradigms, but they encounter difficulties in distinguishing the same contrasts in the context of word learning. These difficulties are usually attributed to the fact that infants’ attention to the phonetic detail in novel words is attenuated when they must allocate additional cognitive resources demanded by word-learning tasks. The current study investigated...[Show more]

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Date published: 2020
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Experimental Child Psychology
DOI: 10.1016/j.jecp.2019.104714


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