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ERP correlates of processing native and non-native language word stress in infants with different language outcomes.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19100528     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The early acquisition of native language prosody is assumed to ease infants' language development. In a longitudinal setting we investigated whether the early processing of native and non-native language word stress patterns is associated with children's subsequent language skills. ERP data of 71 four- and five-month-old infants were retrospectively grouped according to children's verbal performance in a language test at 2.5 years. Children who displayed age-adequate expressive language skills later in development showed both an early and a late negative mismatch response (MMR) when processing the native language stress pattern as deviant in a passive oddball design. Children with poor language skills later in development did not show these negativities. Both groups displayed an infant-specific positive MMR to the non-native language deviant. This positivity was enhanced and prolonged in children who showed poor language skills later in development as compared to children who showed normal language skills. The results indicate that variability in expressive language development has precursors in infants' ERP correlates of word stress processing.
Manuela Friedrich; Birgit Herold; Angela D Friederici
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2008-11-08
Journal Detail:
Title:  Cortex; a journal devoted to the study of the nervous system and behavior     Volume:  45     ISSN:  0010-9452     ISO Abbreviation:  Cortex     Publication Date:  2009 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-03-23     Completed Date:  2009-06-04     Revised Date:  2009-11-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0100725     Medline TA:  Cortex     Country:  Italy    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  662-76     Citation Subset:  IM    
Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany.
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MeSH Terms
Analysis of Variance
Child Development
Child, Preschool
Evoked Potentials, Auditory / physiology*
Language Development*
Longitudinal Studies
Mental Processes / physiology
Pattern Recognition, Physiological / physiology
Reaction Time / physiology
Reference Values
Speech Discrimination Tests
Speech Perception / physiology*
Verbal Behavior / physiology*

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