Barbara DAVIS, Sophie KERN, Anne VILAIN & Claire LALEVÉE (Austin, États-Unis / Grenoble)
From babbling to Babel: first steps in speech development
2008, Vol. XIII-2, pp. 81-91
The first year of development of the human infant is a period during which speech perception and production capacities evolve with very distinct and asynchronous paths. While many studies about perception have revealed extremely precocious processing skills, speech production has been less explored, being a much less manageable field of research. We are reviewing here recent studies about the emergence of speech production capacities, and we will show how longitudinal as well as transversal data can bring out the anatomical and motor constraints that shape the first utterances of babies, and the strategies that these babies elaborate to utter their first linguistic units.