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Baby Lab

Thierry Nazzi
Leader of the Speech perception group
Senior Research Scientist
Address : 45, rue des Saints-Pères, 75006 Paris, France
Telephone(s) : +33(0)
Fax : +33(0)
Office : 603-03

PUBLICATIONS (by category, 1900 - 2014) by date -- 2005-2014

Journal article

Bouchon, C., Floccia, C., Fux, T., Adda-Decker, M., & Nazzi, T. (2014). Call me Alix, not Elix: Vowels are more important than consonants in own name recognition at 5 months. Developmental Science, in press. pdf

DelleLuche, C., Poltrock, S., Goslin, J., New, B., Floccia, C., & Nazzi, T. (2014). Differential processing of consonants and vowels in the auditory modality: A cross-linguistic study. Journal of Memory and Language, 72, 1-15. pdf

Floccia, C., Nazzi, T., DelleLuche, C., Poltrock, S., & Goslin, J. (2014). English-learning one- to two-year-olds do not show a consonant bias in word learning. Journal of Child Language, 41(5), 1085-1114. pdf

Gonzalez-Gomez, N., Hayashi, A., Tsuji, S., Mazuka, R., & Nazzi, T. (2014). The role of the input on the development of the LC bias: A crosslinguistic comparison. Cognition, 132(3), 301–311. pdf

Havy, M., Serres, J., & Nazzi, T. (2014). A consonant/vowel asymmetry in word-form processing: Evidence in childhood and in adulthood. Language and Speech, 57(2), 254-281. pdf

Legendre, G., Culbertson, J., Zaroukian, E., Hsin, L., Barrière, I., & Nazzi, . (2014). Is children’s comprehension of subject-verb agreement universally late? Comparative evidence from French, English, and Spanish. Lingua, 144, 21-39. pdf

Nazzi, T., Mersad, K., Sundara, M., Iakimova, G., & Polka, L. (2014). Early word segmentation in infants acquiring Parisian French: task-dependent and dialect-specific aspects. Journal of Child Language, 41, 600-633. pdf

New, B., & Nazzi, T. (2014). The time course of consonant and vowel processing during word recognition. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, 29(2), 147-157. pdf

Nishibayashi, L.-L., Goyet, L., & Nazzi, T. (2014). Early speech segmentation in French-learning infants: monosyllabic words versus embedded syllables. Language & Speech, in press. pdf

Poltrock, S., & Nazzi, T. (2014). Consonant/vowel asymmetry in early word form recognition. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, in press. pdf

Yeung, H.H., & Nazzi, T. (2014). Object labeling influences infant phonetic learning and generalization. Cognition, 132(2), 151-163. pdf

Bhatara, A., Boll-Avetisyan, N., Unger, A., Nazzi, T., & Höhle, B. (2013). Native language affects rhythmic grouping of speech. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 134(5), 3828–3843. pdf

Gonzalez-Gomez, N., & Nazzi, T. (2013). Effects of prior phonotactic knowledge on infant word segmentation: the case of non-adjacent dependencies. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 56(3), 840-849. pdf

Gonzalez-Gomez, N., Poltrock, S., & Nazzi, T. (2013). A “bat” is easier to learn than a “tab”: Effects of relative phonotactic frequency on infant word learning. PlosOne, 8(3), e59601. pdf

Goyet, L., Nishibayashi, L.-L., & Nazzi, T. (2013). Early syllabic segmentation of fluent speech by infants acquiring French. Plos One, 8(11), e79646. pdf

Havy, M., Nazzi, T., & Bertoncini, J. (2013). Phonetic processing during the acquisition of new words in 3-to-6-year-old French-speaking deaf children with cochlear implants. Journal of Communication Disorders, 46, 181–192. pdf

Bijeljac-Babic, R., Serres, J., Hohle, B., & Nazzi, T. (2012). Effect of bilingualism on lexical stress pattern discrimination in French-learning infants. PLoS ONE, 7(2), e30843. pdf

Gonzalez-Gomez, N., & Nazzi, T. (2012). Acquisition of non-adjacent phonological regularities in the first year of life: Evidence from a perceptual equivalent of the labial-coronal effect. Infancy, 17(5), 498–524. pdf

Gonzalez-Gomez, N., & Nazzi, T. (2012). Phonotactic acquisition in healthy preterm infants. Developmental Science, 15(6), 885–894. pdf

Mersad, K., & Nazzi, T. (2012). When Mommy comes to the rescue of statistics: Infants combine top-down and bottom-up cues to segment speech. Language Learning & Development, 8, 303-315. pdf

Nazzi, T., Goyet, L., Sundara, M., & Polka, L. (2012). Différences linguistiques et dialectales dans la mise en place des procédures de segmentation de la parole. Enfance, 64(2), 127-146. pdf

Tsuji, S., Gonzalez-Gomez, N., Medina, V., Nazzi, T., & Mazuka, R. (2012). The labial-coronal effect revisited: Japanese adults say pata, but hear tapa. Cognition, 125, 413-428. pdf

Bertoncini, J., Nazzi, T., Cabrera, L., & Lorenzi, C. (2011). Six-month-old infants discriminate voicing on the basis of temporal envelope cues. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 129(5), 2761–2764. pdf

Floccia, C., Nazzi, T., Austin, K., Arreckx, F., & Goslin, J. (2011). Lexical stress and phonetic processing in word learning in 20-to-24-month-old English-learning children. Developmental Science, 14(3), 602–613. pdf

Havy, M., Bertoncini, J., & Nazzi, T. (2011). Word learning and phonetic processing in preschool age children. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 108, 25–43. pdf

Johnson, E.K., Westrek, E., Nazzi, T., & Cutler, A. (2011). Infant ability to tell voices apart rests on language experience. Developmental Science, 14(5), 1002-1011. pdf

Mersad, K., & Nazzi, T. (2011). Transitional probabilities and positional frequency phonotactics in a hierarchical model of speech segmentation. Memory and Cognition, 39(6), 1085-1093. pdf

Nazzi, T., Barrière, I., Goyet, L., Kresh, S., & Legendre, G. (2011). Tracking irregular morphophonological dependencies in natural language: Evidence from the acquisition of subject-verb agreement in French. Cognition, 120, 119–135. pdf

Mersad, K., Goyet, L., & Nazzi, T. (2010/2011). Cross-linguistic differences in early word form segmentation: a rhythmic-based account. Journal of Portuguese Linguistics, 9/10, 37-65. pdf

Goyet, L., de Schonen, S., & Nazzi, T. (2010). Words and syllables in fluent speech segmentation by French-learning infants: an ERP study. Brain Research, 1332, 75-89. pdf

Havy, M., Moukawane, S., & Nazzi, T. (2010). Are 3-to-8 year old children with Williams Syndrome good word-learners? Neuroreport: For Rapid Communication of Neuroscience Research, 21(13), 882-886. pdf

Legendre, G., Barriere, I., Goyet, L., & Nazzi, T. (2010). Comprehension of infrequent subject-verb agreement forms: Evidence from French-learning children. Child Development, 81(6), 1859–1875. pdf

Bijeljac-Babic, R., Nassurally, K., Havy, M., & Nazzi, T. (2009). Infants can rapidly learn words in a foreign language. Infant Behavior and Development, 32, 476-480. pdf

Havy, M., & Nazzi, T. (2009). Better processing of consonantal over vocalic information in word learning at 16 months of age. Infancy, 14(4), 439-456. pdf

Höhle, B., Bijeljac-Babic, R., Herold, B., Weissenborn, J., & Nazzi, T. (2009). The development of language specific prosodic preferences during the first half year of life: evidence from German and French. Infant Behavior and Development, 32, 262-274. pdf

Nazzi, T., & Bertoncini, J. (2009). Phonetic specificity in early lexical acquisition: New evidence from consonants in coda positions. Language and Speech, 52, 463–480. pdf

Nazzi, T., Bertoncini, J., & Bijeljac-Babic, R. (2009). A perceptual equivalent of the labial-coronal effect in the first year of life. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 126, 1440-1446. pdf

Nazzi, T., Floccia, C., Moquet, B., & Butler, J. (2009). Bias for consonantal over vocalic information in French- and English-learning 30-month-olds: crosslinguistic evidence in early word learning. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 102, 522–537. pdf

Nazzi, T. (2008). Segmentation précoce de la parole continue en mots : évaluation inter-linguistique de l’hypothèse d’initialisation rythmique. L'Année Psychologique, 108, 309-342. pdf

New, B., Araujo, V., & Nazzi, T. (2008). Differential processing of consonants and vowels in lexical access through reading. Psychological Science, 19, 1223-1227. pdf

Nazzi, T., & New, B. (2007). Beyond stop consonants: consonantal specificity in early lexical acquisition. Cognitive Development, 22, 271-279. pdf

Nazzi, T., & Pilardeau, M. (2007). Learning the names of objects is not enough to support name-based categorization at 16 months. European Journal of Developmental Psychology, 4, 435-450. pdf

Nazzi, T. (2006). Spécificité phonétique: de la perception précoce à l’acquisition des premiers mots. Recherches Linguistiques de Vincennes, 35, 31-52.

Nazzi, T., Iakimova, G., Bertoncini, J., Fredonie, S., & Alcantara, C. (2006). Early segmentation of fluent speech by infants acquiring French: Emerging evidence for crosslinguistic differences. Journal of Memory and Language, 54(3), 283-299. pdf

Nazzi, T., Dilley, L.C., Jusczyk, A.M., Shattuck-Hufnagel, S., & Jusczyk, P.W. (2005). English-learning infants' segmentation of verbs from fluent speech. Language and Speech, 48(3), 279-298. pdf

Nazzi, T., Gopnik, A., & Karmiloff-Smith, A. (2005). Asynchrony in the cognitive and lexical development of young children with Williams syndrome. Journal of Child Language, 32(2), 427-438. pdf

Nazzi, T. (2005). Use of phonetic specificity during the acquisition of new words: Differences between consonants and vowels. Cognition, 98(1), 13-30. pdf

Nazzi, T., & Bertoncini, J. (2003). Before and after the vocabulary spurt: Two modes of word acquisition? Developmental Science, 6(2), 136-142. pdf

Nazzi, T., & Gopnik, A. (2003). Sorting and acting with objects in early childhood: An exploration of the use of causal cues. Cognitive Development, 18(3), 299-317. pdf

Nazzi, T., & Ramus, F. (2003). Perception and acquisition of linguistic rhythm by infants. Speech Communication, 41(1), 233-243. pdf

Nazzi, T., Paterson, S., & Karmiloff-Smith, A. (2003). Early word segmentation by infants and toddlers with Williams syndrome. Infancy, 4(2), 251-271. pdf

Nazzi, T., & Karmiloff-Smith, A. (2002). Early categorization abilities in young children with Williams syndrome. Neuroreport: For Rapid Communication of Neuroscience Research, 13(10), 1259-1262. pdf

Nazzi, T., & Gopnik, A. (2001). Linguistic and cognitive abilities in infancy: When does language become a tool for categorization? Cognition, 80(3), B22-B20. pdf

Floccia, C., Nazzi, T., & Bertoncini, J. (2000). Unfamiliar voice discrimination for short stimuli in newborns. Developmental Science, 3(3), 333-343. pdf

Nazzi, T., & Gopnik, A. (2000). A shift in children's use of perceptual and causal cues to categorization. Developmental Science, 3(4), 389-396. pdf

Nazzi, T., Jusczyk, P.W., & Johnson, E.K. (2000). Language discrimination by English-learning 5-month-olds: Effects of rhythm and familiarity. Journal of Memory and Language, 43(1), 1-19. pdf

Nazzi, T., Kemler-Nelson., D.G., Jusczyk, P.W., & Jusczyk, A.M. (2000). Six-month-olds' detection of clauses embedded in continuous speech: Effects of prosodic well-formedness. Infancy, 1(1), 123-147. pdf

Nazzi, T., Bertoncini, J., & Mehler, J. (1998). Language discrimination by newborns: Toward an understanding of the role of rhythm. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 24(3), 756-766. pdf

Nazzi, T., Floccia, C., & Bertoncini, J. (1998). Discrimination of pitch contours by neonates. Infant Behavior and Development, 21(4), 779-784. pdf

Bertoncini, J., Floccia, C., Nazzi, T., & Mehler, J. (1995). Morae and syllables: Rhythmical basis of speech representations in neonates. Language and Speech, 38(4), 311-329. pdf


Book chapter

Yeung, H.H., & Nazzi, T. (2013). Ostensive and referential object labeling helps infants learn generalizable sound patterns. In S. Baiz, N. Goldman, & R. Hawkes (Eds) Proceedings of the 37th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development. (Vol. 2, pp. 469-481). Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press. pdf

Gonzalez-Gomez, N., & Nazzi, T. (2012). Phonological Feature Constraints on the Acquisition of Phonological Dependencies. In Proceedings of the 36th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development. (pp. in press). Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.

Goyet, L., Millotte, S., Christophe, A., & Nazzi, T. (2012). Processing continuous speech in infancy: From major prosodic units to isolated word forms. In J. Lidz, J. Pater and W. Snyder (Eds) Oxford Handbook of Developmental Linguistics. (pp. in press). Oxford University Press.

Legendre, G., Culbertson, J., Barrière, I., Nazzi, T., & Goyet, L. (2012). Experimental and empirical evidence for the status and acquisition of subject clitics and agreement marking in adult and child Spoken French. In V. Torrens, L. Escobar, A. Gavarro and J.G. Mangado (Eds) Movement and Clitics. (pp. in press). Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Barrière, I., Goyet, L., Nazzi, T., Kresh, S., & Legendre, G. (2011). The representation of subject-verb agreement in French-learning toddlers: New evidence from the comprehension of an infrequent pattern of pseudoverbs. In Proceedings of the 35th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development. (pp. 38-48). Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.

Legendre, G., Barrière, I., Goyet, L., & Nazzi, T. (2011). On the Acquisition of Implicated Presuppositions: Evidence from French Personal Pronouns. In Mihaela Pirvulescu, et al. (Eds) Selected Proceedings of the 4th Conference on Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition North America (GALANA 2010). (pp. 150-162). Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project.

Nazzi, T., & Gonzalez-Gomez, N. (2011). Sensitivity to non-adjacent phonological dependencies in 10-month-old infants. In Proceedings of ICPhS XVII. (pp. 1454-1457).

Barrière, I., Legendre, G., Nazzi, T., Goyet, L., & Kresh, S. (2010). L’acquisition de l’accord sujet-verbe par les jeunes francophones natifs entre 14 et 30 mois : préférence, compréhension et environnement linguistique. In Neveu F., Muni Toke V., Durand J., Klingler T., Mondada L., Prévost S. (Eds) Proceedings of the 2nd World Congress of French Linguistics. (pp. 1429-1443).

Legendre, G., Goyet, L., Barrière, I., Kresh, S., & Nazzi, T. (2010). Sensitivity to irregular French subject-verb agreement at 18 months: Evidence from the Head Turn Preference procedure. In Proceedings of the 34th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development. (pp. 257-268). Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.

Song, L., Nazzi, T., Moukawane, S., Golinkoff, R.M., Stahl, A., Ma, W., Hirsh-Pasek, K., & Connell, M. (2010). Sleepy vs. sleeping: Preeschoolers’ sensitivity to morphological cues for adjectives and verbs in English and French. In Proceedings of the 34th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development. (pp. 409-420). Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.

Højen, A., & Nazzi, T. (2009). Detailed vocalic information in Danish 20-month-olds' novel words. In Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Fundamental and Applied Aspects of Speech and Language. (pp. 121-125). Belgrade:

Nazzi, T., Iakimova, G., Bertoncini, J., Mottet, S., Serres, J., & de Schonen, S. (2008). Behavioral and electrophysiological exploration of early word segmentation in French : Distinguishing the syllabic and lexical levels. In A. D.Friederici,& G. Thierry (Eds) Early Language Development, Trends in Language Acquisition Research. (Vol. 5, pp. 65-90). Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company.

Legendre, G., Nazzi, T., Barrière, I., Culbertson, J., Lopez-Gonzalez, M., Goyet, L., & Zaroukian, E. (2007). Acquiring Subject-verb Agreement in French: Evidence for Abstract Knowledge from Comprehension. In 31st Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development. (pp. 370-381). Boston:

Nazzi, T., & Houston, D.M. (2006). Finding verb forms within the continuous speech stream. In K. Hirsh-Pasek, & R. Michnick-Golinkoff (Eds) Action meets words: How children learn verbs. (pp. 64-87). New York: Oxford University Press.

Bertoncini, J., & Nazzi, T. (2004). Développement précoce de la perception de la parole. In R. Lécuyer (Ed) Le développement du nourrisson. Paris: Dunod.

Gopnik, A., & Nazzi, T. (2003). Words, kinds, and causal powers: A theory perspective on early naming and categorization. In D.H.Rakison, & L.M. Oakes (Eds) Early category and concept development: Making sense of the blooming, buzzing confusion. (pp. 303-329). New York, NY, US: Oxford University Press.

Mehler, J., Dupoux, E., Nazzi, T., & Dehaene-Lambertz, G. (1996). Coping with linguistic diversity: The infant's viewpoint. In J.L.Morgan,& K. Demuth (Eds) Signal to syntax: Bootstrapping from speech to grammar in early acquisition. (pp. 101-116). Hillsdale, NJ, England: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates Inc.