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Brief article Segmentation of the speech stream in a non-
 

Summary: Brief article
Segmentation of the speech stream in a non-
human primate: statistical learning in
cotton-top tamarins
Marc D. Hausera,*, Elissa L. Newportb
, Richard N. Aslinb
a
Department of Psychology and Program in Neurosciences, Harvard University, Cambridge,
MA 02138, USA
b
Department of Brain & Cognitive Sciences, Meliora Hall ± River Campus, University of Rochester,
Rochester, NY 14627, USA
Received 13 May 2000; accepted 4 October 2000
Abstract
Previous work has shown that human adults, children, and infants can rapidly compute
sequential statistics from a stream of speech and then use these statistics to determine which
syllable sequences form potential words. In the present paper we ask whether this ability
reŻects a mechanism unique to humans, or might be used by other species as well, to acquire
serially organized patterns. In a series of four experimental conditions, we exposed a New
World monkey, the cotton-top tamarin (Saguinus oedipus), to the same speech streams used

  

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

 

Collections: Biology and Medicine