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Curr Opin Neurobiol. 1994 Apr;4(2):171-6.

Cross-linguistic approaches to speech processing.

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CNRS-EHESS, Paris, France.


Recent advances in the field of speech processing indicate that speakers of differing languages process speech relying on units that are appropriate to the rhythmical properties of their maternal tongue. Studies with young infants suggest that the acquisition of these processing routines takes place before the end of the first year of life. Further evidence shows that the left hemisphere initially processes any language and gradually becomes specialized for the maternal language.

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