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Selected publications

Chen, H., Lee, D.T., Luo, Z., Lai, R.Y., Cheung, H., & Nazzi, T. 2021. Variation in phonological bias: Bias for vowels, rather than consonants or tones in lexical processing by Cantonese-learning toddlers. Cognition, 213, 104486.

Höhle, B., Bijeljac-Babic, R., & Nazzi, T. 2020. Variability and stability in early language acquisition: comparing monolingual and bilingual infants’ speech perception and word recognition. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 23, 56-71.

Nazzi, T., & Cutler, A. 2019. How consonants and vowels shape spoken-language recognition. Annual Review of Linguistics, 5, 25-47.

van Ommen, S., Boll-Avetisyan, ..., & Nazzi, T. 2020. Language-specific prosodic acquisition: a comparison of phrase boundary perception by French- and German-learning infants. Journal of Memory and Language, 104108.

Von Holzen, K. & Nazzi, T. 2020. Emergence of the C-bias during the first year of life: New evidence from own name recognition. Infancy, 25, 319-346.


While our work focuses on understanding the mechanisms underlying typical language acquisition, knowledge of these mechanisms then allows us to explore whether such mechanisms are present or not in various populations having atypical language acquisition, and might be implicated in their learning difficulties (with potential impact for designing remediation techniques).
Consonants have been proposed to have more weight than vowels at the level of lexical processing. We found that the C-bias is present in French from 8 months to adulthood, in many lexically-related processes.
We explore how elementary perceptual and learning mechanisms, implicated in language development, may be measured at the individual level (using combined behavioral and imaging methods) to derive early biomarkers predictive of subsequent language delay.
We explored how visual information aids the early acquisition of linguistic sound patterns.
The Iambic-trochaic Law (ITL) is an auditory grouping mechanism according to which sequences of sounds varying in intensity/pitch are grouped as trochees, while those varying in duration are grouped as iambs.