Fourth European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Madrid, Spain
September 18-21, 1995

Development of the Perception of Initial Prevocalic [R] and [L] by English Children

Elzbieta B. Slawinski

Department of Psychology, The University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Development of the incorporation of spectral and temporal acoustical features in the perception of the phonemic contrast between [r] and [1] sounds in the initial prevocalic position was examined for 3 to 6 years old English children. The integration of those features was evaluated in oddity discrimination tasks. It was found that the ability to integrate acoustical cues improves significantly with age. Thus, it may be suggested that the attainment of perceptual distinction between phonemic contrasts (at least for [r] and [1]) is a gradual and progressive development in the proficiency of categorical perception.

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Bibliographic reference.  Slawinski, Elzbieta B. (1995): "Development of the perception of initial prevocalic [r] and [l] by English children", In EUROSPEECH-1995, 2293-2296.