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Caroline Junge, Valesca Kooijman, Peter Hagoort and Anne Cutler Rapid recognition at 10 months as a predictor of language development Developmental Science 15

Version of Record online: 29 MAR 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-7687.2012.1144.x

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Infants’ ability to recognize words in continuous speech is vital for building a vocabulary.We here examined the amount and type of exposure needed for 10-month-olds to recognize words. Infants first heard a word, either embedded within an utterance or in isolation, then recognition was assessed by comparing event-related potentials to this word versus a word that they had not heard directly before. Although all 10-month-olds showed recognition responses to words first heard in isolation, not all infants showed such responses to words they had first heard within an utterance.

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