Fricative Discrimination in Early Infancy In three separate experiments using controlled natural stimuli and a high-amplitude sucking paradigm, infants' ability to detect differences between /s/ and /v/, /s/ and /∫/, and /s/ and /z/, respectively, was investigated. Evidence for discrimination was obtained for /s/ versus /v/ and /s/ versus /∫/ but not for /s/ versus ... Research Article
Research Article  |   March 01, 1975
Fricative Discrimination in Early Infancy
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Rebecca E. Eilers
    University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
  • Fred D. Minifie
    University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
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Research Article   |   March 01, 1975
Fricative Discrimination in Early Infancy
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, March 1975, Vol. 18, 158-167. doi:10.1044/jshr.1801.158
History: Received June 7, 1974 , Accepted July 14, 1974
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, March 1975, Vol. 18, 158-167. doi:10.1044/jshr.1801.158
History: Received June 7, 1974; Accepted July 14, 1974

In three separate experiments using controlled natural stimuli and a high-amplitude sucking paradigm, infants' ability to detect differences between /s/ and /v/, /s/ and /∫/, and /s/ and /z/, respectively, was investigated. Evidence for discrimination was obtained for /s/ versus /v/ and /s/ versus /∫/ but not for /s/ versus /z/. Implications for a theory of infant speech perception are discussed.

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