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   2012, Vol. 20 Issue (6) : 843-852     DOI:
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Infants’ Speech Perception:The Development and Its Mechanisms
SONG Xin-Yan;MENG Xiang-Zhi
(Psychology Department, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China)
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Abstract  Development of speech perception profoundly influences individual’s language learning. In the first year of life, infants’ speech perception undergoes a drastic change under the influence of native language experience, which reveals the change from initial universal speech perception to the native specific perception. Statistical learning theory was proposed to address the underlying mechanisms of infants’ speech perception and its development. That is, infants in the language environment are very sensitive to the frequency distribution of the phonetic variation in the speech, and they can distinguish native phonetic units from the acoustic continuum by calculating the statistical distribution. Meanwhile, functional reorganization and some social cues also play an important role in the development of infants’ speech perception.
Keywords infant      speech perception      statistical learning mechanism      functional reorganization      social interaction     
Corresponding Authors: MENG Xiang-Zhi   
Issue Date: 15 June 2012
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SONG Xin-Yan,MENG Xiang-Zhi. Infants’ Speech Perception:The Development and Its Mechanisms[J]. , 2012, 20(6): 843-852.
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