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The developmental origins of the consonant bias in lexical processing

  • Consonants have been proposed to carry more of the weight of lexical processing than vowels. This consonant bias has consistently been found in adults and has been proposed to facilitate early language acquisition. We explore the origins of this bias over the course of development and in infants learning different languages. Although the consonant bias was originally thought to be present at birth, evidence suggests that it arises from the early stages of phonological and (pre-)lexical acquisition. We discuss two theories that account for the acquisition of the consonant bias: the lexical and acoustic-phonetic hypotheses.

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Author:Thierry Nazzi, Silvana Poltrock, Katie Von Holzen
URN:urn:nbn:de:kobv:517-opus4-405322
Parent Title (English):Postprints der Universität Potsdam : Humanwissenschaftliche Reihe
Series (Serial Number):Postprints der Universität Potsdam : Humanwissenschaftliche Reihe (416)
Document Type:Postprint
Language:English
Date of first Publication:2018/05/25
Year of Completion:2016
Publishing Institution:Universität Potsdam
Release Date:2018/05/25
Tag:consonant bias; cross-linguistic differences; language acquisition; lexical development
Issue:416
Pagenumber:6
Source:Current Directions in Psychological Science 25 (2016) Nr. 4, S. 291–296 DOI: 10.1177/0963721416655786
Organizational units:Humanwissenschaftliche Fakultät
Dewey Decimal Classification:1 Philosophie und Psychologie / 15 Psychologie / 150 Psychologie
Peer Review:Referiert
Publication Way:Open Access
Grantor:Sage
Licence (German):License LogoKeine Nutzungslizenz vergeben - es gilt das deutsche Urheberrecht