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|Subject:||Voice and sound processing in the brain|
|Question:||Hello, How does the brain recognize whether a signal is a voice (and belongs to a language system) or it is a noise? From what age can a young baby gain this ability? And finally could you please introduce me some books or sources on these topics for additional information? Thanks|
|Reply:||Rhythm and other prosodic cues seem to play a core role in speech perception. See e.g. this article, ‘Language discrimination by newborns: toward an understanding of the role of rhythm’, which deals with infant discrimination among different languages: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9627414 , and the chapters collected in this book, _Perceptual development: visual, auditory, and speech perception in infancy_: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780863778513/ Both references are rather dated, but a search for current work by the authors/editors, for example on Google Scholar, may help. Madalena|
|Reply From:||Madalena Cruz-Ferreira click here to access email|