Université de Neuchâtel

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...