"Language Learning and Brain Plasticity": project overview  

Francisco Lacerda & Sofie Dahl

Fonetik 2002, the XVth Swedish Phonetics Conference, Fysikcentrum, Stockholm, May 29 - 31, 2002. Quartely Progress and Status Report (Department of Speech, Music and Hearing and Centre for Speech Technology, KTH, Stockholm) 44: 37-39.


This paper presents a general overview of the procedural aspects of speech perception studies conducted at the Department of Linguistics, Stockholm University, as part of the Swedish contribution to the international Human Frontiers project, "Language Learning and Brain Plasticity" (Kuhl et al., Seattle, Washington). The project's goal is to assess changes in young infants' representations of a native and a non-native speech contrasts. Behavioral and neurological data are being collected from infants living in monolingual and bilingual homes in the US, Sweden, Finland and Japan. The specific findings of this project cannot be reported at this time since there are still being processed and will be subsequently be compiled in a joint publication submitted by all the involved research teams.

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