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Linguistic Experience Alters Phonetic Perception in Infants by 6 Months of Age

Patricia K. Kuhl, Karen A. Williams, Francisco Lacerda, Kenneth N. Stevens and Björn Lindblom
Science
New Series, Vol. 255, No. 5044 (Jan. 31, 1992), pp. 606-608
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2876832
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Linguistic Experience Alters Phonetic Perception in Infants by 6 Months of Age
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Abstract

Linguistic experience affects phonetic perception. However, the critical period during which experience affects perception and the mechanism responsible for these effects are unknown. This study of 6-month-old infants from two countries, the United States and Sweden, shows that exposure to a specific language in the first half year of life alters infants' phonetic perception.

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