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ERIC Number: EJ1031116
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jul
Pages: 8
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ISSN: ISSN-1363-755X
Neural Correlates of Infant Accent Discrimination: An fNIRS Study
Cristia, Alejandrina; Minagawa-Kawai, Yasuyo; Egorova, Natalia; Gervain, Judit; Filippin, Luca; Cabrol, Dominique; Dupoux, Emmanuel
Developmental Science, v17 n4 p628-635 Jul 2014
The present study investigated the neural correlates of infant discrimination of very similar linguistic varieties (Quebecois and Parisian French) using functional Near InfraRed Spectroscopy. In line with previous behavioral and electrophysiological data, there was no evidence that 3-month-olds discriminated the two regional accents, whereas 5-month-olds did, with the locus of discrimination in left anterior perisylvian regions. These neuroimaging results suggest that a developing language network relying crucially on left perisylvian cortices sustains infants' discrimination of similar linguistic varieties within this early period of infancy.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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