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Language-specific stress perception by 9-month-old French and Spanish infants

Skoruppa, Katrin ; Pons, Ferran ; Christophe, Anne ; Bosch, Laura ; Dupoux, Emmanuel ; Sebastián-Gallés, Núria ; Alves Limissuri, Rita ; Peperkamp, Sharon

In: Developmental Science, 2009, vol. 12, no. 6, p. 914-919

During the first year of life, infants begin to have difficulties perceiving non-native vowel and consonant contrasts, thus adapting their perception to the phonetic categories of the target language. In this paper, we examine the perception of a non-segmental feature, i.e. stress. Previous research with adults has shown that speakers of French (a language with fixed stress) have great...

Université de Neuchâtel

The Development of Word Stress Processing in French and Spanish Infants

Skoruppa, Katrin ; Pons, Ferran ; Bosch, Laura ; Christophe, Anne ; Cabrol, Dominique ; Peperkamp, Sharon

In: Language Learning and Development, 2013, vol. 9, p. 88-104

This study focuses on the development of lexical stress perception during the first year of life. Previous research shows that cross-linguistic differences in word stress organization translate into differences in word stress processing from a very early age: At 9 months, Spanish-learning infants, learning a language with variable word stress, can discriminate between segmentally varied nonsense...