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ERIC Number: EJ856745
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-1525-0008
Infant Discrimination of a Morphologically Relevant Word-Final Contrast
Fais, Laurel; Kajikawa, Sachiyo; Amano, Shigeaki; Werker, Janet F.
Infancy, v14 n4 p488-499 2009
Six-, 12-, and 18-month-old English-hearing infants were tested on their ability to discriminate nonword forms ending in the final stop consonants /k/ and /t/ from their counterparts with final /s/ added, resulting in final clusters /ks/ and /ts/, in a habituation-dishabituation, looking time paradigm. Infants at all 3 ages demonstrated an ability to discriminate this type of contrast, a contrast that constitutes one phonetic cue for the English morphological concepts of plural, possession, and person. These results suggest that across a significant portion of the development of infants' speech perception, this type of final contrast is discriminable. (Contains 5 footnotes, 1 table and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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