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Language perception in the newborn infant: some observations

Initial state dispositions in the new-born infant allow him/her to perceive linguistically pertinent speech differences in a manner comparable to that of adults. The specificity of language processing based on the categorical perception of speech stimuli is questioned. Our studies are now oriented towards defining the status of the syllable as a perceptive unit in language. A further area of research is proposed, based on the study of the supra-segmental properties of language on which the infant can base his recognition of the speaker.



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