Chapter Three

Protracted perceptual learning of auditory pattern structure in spoken language

Sarah C. Creel*    Department of Cognitive Science, UC San Diego, La Jolla, CA, United States* Corresponding author: email address:


The chapter addresses the developmental time course of the perceptual learning underlying spoken language. Many researchers suggest that most of this learning has saturated around the end of the first year of life—during infancy. My own work with young children suggests a different perspective: protracted perceptual learning. I lay out the evidence for perceptual precocity and explain why I think the perceptual precocity story is wrong. Following this, I present my findings on young children's perceptual ...

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