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    Common neural basis for phoneme processing in infants and adults

    Dehaene-Lambertz, G. and Gliga, Teodora (2004) Common neural basis for phoneme processing in infants and adults. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 16 (8), pp. 1375-1387. ISSN 0898-929X.

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    Investigating the degree of similarity between infants' and adults' representation of speech is critical to our understanding of infants' ability to acquire language. Phoneme perception plays a crucial role in language processing, and numerous behavioral studies have demonstrated similar capacities in infants and adults, but are these subserved by the same neural substrates or networks? In this article, we review event-related potential (ERP) results obtained in infants during phoneme discrimination tasks and compare them to results from the adult literature. The striking similarities observed both in behavior and ERPs between initial and mature stages suggest a continuity in processing and neural structure. We argue that infants have access at the beginning of life to phonemic representations, which are modified without training or implicit instruction, but by the statistical distributions of speech input in order to converge to the native phonemic categories.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2020 08:54
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:59


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