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A discussion of the research into an initial state / La recherche sur l'etat initial: quelques reflexions

Describes neonatal and infantile cognitive capacities involved in speech processing and reviews recent research in this area. To process speech, the infant must be capable of constructing a spatial system of sound in which he/she can localize the sounds of language and distinguish them from the surrounding background noise. The infant must be able to divide the continuous chain of speech into elements and identify spoken sequences as identical, despite the variability in their physical configurations (i.e., recognize the invariable elements). A definition of the initial state of the representation of speech sounds is proposed. Applications of this definition to other aspects of cognitive function (e.g., logic, mathematics, knowledge of the physical environment) are outlined. (Spanish & German abstracts) (78 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2005 APA, all rights reserved)



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