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Visual Language Discrimination in Infancy

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Science  25 May 2007:
Vol. 316, Issue 5828, pp. 1159
DOI: 10.1126/science.1137686

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Abstract

This study shows that 4- and 6-month-old infants can discriminate languages (English from French) just from viewing silently presented articulations. By the age of 8 months, only bilingual (French-English) infants succeed at this task. These findings reveal a surprisingly early preparedness for visual language discrimination and highlight infants' selectivity for retaining only necessary perceptual sensitivities.

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