ERIC Number: EJ849184
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
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Reference Count: 64
Preference for Language in Early Infancy: The Human Language Bias Is Not Speech Specific
Krentz, Ursula C.; Corina, David P.
Developmental Science, v11 n1 p1-9 Jan 2008
Fundamental to infants' acquisition of their native language is an inherent interest in the language spoken around them over non-linguistic environmental sounds. The following studies explored whether the bias for linguistic signals in hearing infants is specific to speech, or reflects a general bias for all human language, spoken and signed. Results indicate that 6-month-old infants prefer an unfamiliar, visual-gestural language (American Sign Language) over non-linguistic pantomime, but 10-month-olds do not. These data provide evidence against a speech-specific bias in early infancy and provide insights into those properties of human languages that may underlie this language-general attentional bias.
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