What do childhood bilingualism and musical training at an early age have in common when it comes to detecting prosody (i.e. rhythm, intonation and tone)? A new study by AThEME researchers from the University of Nova Gorica and the French National Centre for Scientific Research suggests that both types of experience enhance children’s sensitivity to prosodic information. Specifically, researchers found that either experience increased the children’s ability to distinguish between different prosodic patterns in an unknown language.
- Stepanov, A., Pavlič, M., Stateva, P., and Reboul, A. 2018. Children’s early bilingualism and musical training influence prosodic discrimination of sentences in an unknown language in The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 143, EL1-EL8.
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