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Unformatted text preview: more about infant speech perception. Newborn Speech Perception According to Pence and Justice, “Children’s perception of speech is categorical”, page 150. Recall Piaget’s theories related to how children categorize their world using assimilation and accommodation, thus children categorize environmental sounds into categories. This categorization process allows the child to note variations between human speech sounds and thus apply knowledge to the sounds. Consider the words bat and pat. A child’s awareness of the initial speech sounds allows him to differentiate between the words based on what he hears. Newborn Speech Perception Newborn As you can see, infants break down streams of auditory information and apply meaning to what they hear and they do so...
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