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Identification of Novel Phonetic Segments by Children, Adolescents and Adults

  • Z.S. Bond and Linda Adamescu
From the journal Phonetica


The ability of children, adolescents and adults to employ completely novel phonetic information was examined. Three groups of subjects were tested for their ability to identify minimal pairs contrasting voiced and implosive stops in syllable-initial position. Children’s performance on this task was significantly superior to both adolescent and adult performance.


Published Online: 2009-11-13
Published in Print: 1979-05-01

© 1979 S. Karger AG, Basel

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