Even at 4 months, a labial is a good enough coronal, but not vice versa.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Numerous studies have revealed an asymmetry tied to the perception of coronal place of articulation: participants accept a labial mispronunciation of a coronal target, but not vice versa. Whether or not this asymmetry is based on language-general properties or arises from language-specific experience has been a matter of debate. The current study suggests a bias of the first type by documenting an early, cross-linguistic asymmetry related to coronal place of articulation. Japanese and Dutch 4- and 6-month-old infants showed evidence of discrimination if they were habituated to a labial and then tested on a coronal sequence, but not vice versa. This finding has important implications for both phonological theories and infant speech perception research.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Tsuji, S; Mazuka, R; Cristia, A; Fikkert, P

Published Date

  • January 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 134 /

Start / End Page

  • 252 - 256

PubMed ID

  • 25460397

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1873-7838

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0010-0277

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.cognition.2014.10.009


  • eng