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

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Science  31 Jan 1992:
Vol. 255, Issue 5044, pp. 606-608
DOI: 10.1126/science.1736364


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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