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Syllables as units in infant speech perception.

Presented 3 types of stimuli--syllabic, nonsyllabic, and syllabic-synthetic sequences--to 50 infants (<2-mo-old) in a habituation-dishabituation paradigm. Results indicate that the syllable-like stimuli discriminated better than the non-syllable-like stimuli even though the physical change from the habituation to the dishabituation stimuli was always the same. Data, together with the findings of A. F. Healey and J. E. Cutting (see record 1976-23364-001), support the primacy of the phoneme as a perceptual unit. (24 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2005 APA, all rights reserved)



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