Visual language discrimination in infancy

TitleVisual language discrimination in infancy
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsWeikum WM, Vouloumanos A, Navarra J, Soto-Faraco S, Sebastián-Gallés N, Werker JF
JournalScience
Volume316
Issue5828
Pagination1159
Date Published05/2007
ISSN1095-9203
KeywordsHumans, Infant, Language Development, Multilingualism, Visual Perception, Visual Perception: physiology
Abstract

This study shows that 4- and 6-month-old infants can discriminate languages (English from French) just from viewing silently presented articulations. By the age of 8 months, only bilingual (French-English) infants succeed at this task. These findings reveal a surprisingly early preparedness for visual language discrimination and highlight infants' selectivity for retaining only necessary perceptual sensitivities.

URLhttp://www.sciencemag.org/content/316/5828/1159.abstract
DOI10.1126/science.1137686