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Bias for consonantal information over vocalic information in 30-month-olds: cross-linguistic evidence from French and English.
Using a name-based categorization task, Nazzi found in 2005 that French-learning 20-month-olds can make use of one-feature consonantal contrasts between new labels but fail to do so with one-feature vocalic contrasts. This ...
English-learning one- to two-year-olds do not show a consonant bias in word learning.
Following the proposal that consonants are more involved than vowels in coding the lexicon (Nespor, Peña & Mehler, 2003), an early lexical consonant bias was found from age 1;2 in French but an equal sensitivity to consonants ...
Call me Alix, not Elix: vowels are more important than consonants in own-name recognition at 5 months.
Consonants and vowels differ acoustically and articulatorily, but also functionally: Consonants are more relevant for lexical processing, and vowels for prosodic/syntactic processing. These functional biases could be ...