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ERIC Number: EJ496397
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 1994
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ISSN: ISSN-0802-6106
Speech Perception and the Learnability of Languages.
Wode, Henning
International Journal of Applied Linguistics, v4 n2 p143-68 1994
Argues that evolution of the phonological systems of natural languages and the typology of distinctive features is based on perceptual discontinuities of the auditory system. It is suggested that neonates rely on these innate sensitivities for acquisition of sound systems and that some phonological variation in early child phonology results from the way mental representations of lexical items develop in children. (Contains 107 references.) (JL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Journal Articles
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Language: English
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