Native and cross-language speech sounds: some perceptual processes

Perceptual and Motor Skills
M A Pinard


Using a developmental approach, two aspects of debate in the speech perception literature were tested, (a) the nature of adult speech processing, the dichotomy being along nonlinguistic versus linguistic lines, and (b) the nature of speech processing by children of different ages, the hypotheses here implying in infancy detector-like processes and at age four "adult-like" speech perception reorganizations. Children ranging in age from 4 up to 18 years discriminated native and foreign speech contrasts. Results confirm the hypotheses for adults. It is clear that different processes are operating at different ages; however, more complex processes may come into play around the ages of 6 to 10 years; boys may use different strategies than girls, and with age, a multiplicity of processes may be concurrently active.


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