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Innate phonetic boundaries revisited (L) Richard N. Aslina)

Summary: Innate phonetic boundaries revisited (L)
Richard N. Aslina)
Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York 14627
Janet F. Werker
Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z4, Canada
James L. Morgan
Department of Cognitive and Linguistic Sciences, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island 02912
Received 22 May 2002; accepted for publication 20 June 2002
Nittrouer J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 110, 15981605 2001 raised several serious concerns with the
so-called Universal Theory of phonetic category development that she characterized as the accepted
wisdom in the field of infant speech perception. She then presented data from infants and children
that were claimed to be inconsistent with Universal Theory and led her to question the entire notion
of phonetic categories. Here we argue that Nittrouer not only misrepresented Universal Theory, but
also provided no data to refute either this theory or the existence of phonetic categories. 2002
Acoustical Society of America. DOI: 10.1121/1.1501904
PACS numbers: 43.71.An, 43.71.Ft, 43.71.Hw KRK
The study of infant speech perception was initiated in
1971 by the publication of Eimas et al.'s seminal paper on
young infants' discrimination of voicing differences in syn-
thetic consonant-vowel syllables varying in voice-onset-time


Source: Aslin, Richard N. - Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, University of Rochester


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