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Developmental Science 11:1 (2008), pp 122134 DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-7687.2007.00653.x 2008 The Authors. Journal compilation 2008 Blackwell Publishing Ltd, 9600 Garsington Road, Oxford OX4 2DQ, UK and
 

Summary: Developmental Science 11:1 (2008), pp 122134 DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-7687.2007.00653.x
2008 The Authors. Journal compilation 2008 Blackwell Publishing Ltd, 9600 Garsington Road, Oxford OX4 2DQ, UK and
350 Main Street, Malden, MA 02148, USA.
Blackwell Publishing Ltd
PAPER
Statistical phonetic learning in infants: facilitation and
feature generalization
Jessica Maye,1
Daniel J. Weiss2
and Richard N. Aslin3
1. Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders and the Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems, Northwestern University,
USA
2. Department of Psychology, The Pennsylvania State University, USA
3. Department of Brain & Cognitive Sciences, University of Rochester, USA
Abstract
Over the course of the first year of life, infants develop from being generalized listeners, capable of discriminating both native
and non-native speech contrasts, into specialized listeners whose discrimination patterns closely reflect the phonetic system of
the native language(s). Recent work by Maye, Werker and Gerken (2002) has proposed a statistical account for this phenom-
enon, showing that infants may lose the ability to discriminate some foreign language contrasts on the basis of their sensitivity
to the statistical distribution of sounds in the input language. In this paper we examine the process of enhancement in infant

  

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

 

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