Spoken Word Recognition

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  • Spoken word recognition refers to the ability to recognize an acoustic form that constitutes a word, whether in isolation or in continuous speech. In more mature language processing, this includes accessing semantic information about the word. In initial language learning, however, this ability is generally thought to be based on the familiar auditory form alone, not its attendant meaning. To learn a language, an infant has to learn the individual words that constitute that language. In other words, an infant has to learn which sound patterns go with which meanings. The first step in this process is learning which auditory objects are words.

    An infant's prior experience with spoken words is what establishes the familiarity of an auditory object (or word familiarity). This familiarity is what ...

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