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Tuned to the Rhythm: How Prenatally and Postnatally Heard Speech Prosody Lays the Foundations for Language Learning

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Organization address
address: RUE MICHEL ANGE 3
city: PARIS
postcode: 75794

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 Coordinator Country France [FR]
 Total cost 1˙621˙250 €
 EC max contribution 1˙621˙250 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2017-COG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2018
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2018-06-01   to  2023-05-31


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 Project objective

The role of experience in language acquisition has been the focus of heated theoretical debates, between proponents of nativist views according to whom experience plays a minimal role and advocates of empiricist positions holding that experience, be it linguistic, social or other, is sufficient to account for language acquisition. Despite more than a half century of dedicated research efforts, the problem is not solved. The present project brings a novel perspective to this debate, combining hitherto unconnected research in language acquisition with recent advances in the neurophysiology of hearing and speech processing. Specifically, it claims that prenatal experience with speech, which mainly consists of prosody due to the filtering effects of the womb, is what shapes the speech perception system, laying the foundations of subsequent language learning. Prosody is thus the cue that links genetically endowed predispositions present in the initial state with language experience. The proposal links the behavioral and neural levels, arguing that the hierarchy of the neural oscillations corresponds to a unique developmental chronology in human infants’ experience with speech and language. The project uses state-of-the-art brain imaging techniques, EEG & NIRS, with monolingual full term newborns, as well as full-term bilingual, preterm and deaf newborns to investigate the link between prenatal experience and subsequent language acquisition. It proposes to follow the developmental trajectories of these four populations from birth to 6 and 9 months of age.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Judit Gervain, Irene la Cruz‐Pavía, LouAnn Gerken
Behavioral and Imaging Studies of Infant Artificial Grammar Learning
published pages: , ISSN: 1756-8757, DOI: 10.1111/tops.12400
Topics in Cognitive Science 2020-02-05
2019 Judit Gervain, Maria N. Geffen
Efficient Neural Coding in Auditory and Speech Perception
published pages: 56-65, ISSN: 0166-2236, DOI: 10.1016/j.tins.2018.09.004
Trends in Neurosciences 42/1 2020-02-05
2019 Irene de la Cruz-Pavía, Janet F. Werker, Eric Vatikiotis-Bateson, Judit Gervain
Finding Phrases: The Interplay of Word Frequency, Phrasal Prosody and Co-speech Visual Information in Chunking Speech by Monolingual and Bilingual Adults
published pages: 2383091984235, ISSN: 0023-8309, DOI: 10.1177/0023830919842353
Language and Speech 2020-02-05
2019 Irene de la Cruz-Pavía, Judit Gervain, Eric Vatikiotis-Bateson, Janet F. Werker
Coverbal speech gestures signal phrase boundaries: A production study of Japanese and English infant- and adult-directed speech
published pages: 1-27, ISSN: 1048-9223, DOI: 10.1080/10489223.2019.1659276
Language Acquisition 2019-10-03
2019 Caterina Marino, Judit Gervain
The Novelty Effect as a Predictor of Language Outcome
published pages: 258, ISSN: 1664-1078, DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.00258
Frontiers in Psychology 10 2019-10-03

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