9th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Brisbane, Australia
September 22-26, 2008

Six- and Twelve-Month-Olds' Discrimination of Native versus Non-Native Between- and Within-Organ Fricative Place Contrasts

Michael D. Tyler (1), Catherine T. Best (1), Louis M. Goldstein (2), Mark Antoniou (1), Lidija Krebs-Lazendic (1)

(1) University of Western Sydney, Australia; (2) Haskins Laboratories, USA

Discrimination of native versus non-native between- and withinarticulatory organ fricative contrasts was examined in 6 and 12 month-old infants. 12 month-olds discriminated between- (tongue-tip vs. lips) but not within-organ place contrasts (two tongue tip constriction locations), but 6 month-olds only did so for the non-native between-organ contrast. The results support the Articulatory Organ Hypothesis that infants attend more to differences between active articulatory organs than to differences between specific gestures of a single organ (e.g., constriction location or degree).

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Bibliographic reference.  Tyler, Michael D. / Best, Catherine T. / Goldstein, Louis M. / Antoniou, Mark / Krebs-Lazendic, Lidija (2008): "Six- and twelve-month-olds' discrimination of native versus non-native between- and within-organ fricative place contrasts", In INTERSPEECH-2008, 1970.