Speech carries information about the structure and organization of language. Yet, speech is normally produced as a continuous stream without clearly demarcated boundaries betweenwords. A fundamental problem for any language learner is to segment speech in a way that correctlyidentifies the words of the language. This is a crucial step toward building a lexicon and learningabout the grammatical organization of the language. The Discovery ofSpoken Language marks one of the first efforts to integrate the field of infant speechperception research into the general study of language acquisition. It fills in a key part of theacquisition story by providing an extensive review of research on the acquisition of language duringthe first year of life, focusing primarily on how normally developing infants learn the organizationof native language sound patterns. Peter Jusczyk examines the initial capacitiesthat infants possess for discriminating and categorizing speech sounds and how these capacitiesevolve as infants gain experience with native language input. Considerable attention is paid to waysspeech perception capacities develop so that listeners can recognize words in fluent speech. Jusczykalso looks at how infants' growing knowledge of native language sound patterns may facilitate theacquisition of other aspects of language organization and discusses the relationship between thelearner's developing capacities for perceiving and producing speech. An appendix reviews the testprocedures used to evaluate infant speech perception capacities.It fills in a key part of the acquisition story by providing an extensive review of research on the acquisition of language during the first year of life, focusing primarily on how normally developing infants learn the organization of ...
|Title||:||The Discovery of Spoken Language|
|Author||:||Peter W. Jusczyk|
|Publisher||:||MIT Press - 2000|