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Science. 1992 Jan 31;255(5044):606-8.

Linguistic experience alters phonetic perception in infants by 6 months of age.

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Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle 98195.


Linguistic experience affects phonetic perception. However, the critical period during which experience affects perception and the mechanism responsible for these effects are unknown. This study of 6-month-old infants from two countries, the United States and Sweden, shows that exposure to a specific language in the first half year of life alters infants' phonetic perception.

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