The role of prosody in infants
Newborns start learning about their mother tongue sooner than many think is possible. According to research, infants are able to identify who is speaking to them. This is the important role of prosody (a pattern of rhythm and sounds): to enable infants to identify elements of their mother-tongue. However, there is currently no direct evidence showing that infants are born with a clear neural representation of prosody. EU-funded BabyMindReader will study functional brain activity decoding in newborns (initial depictions of speech prosody). It will apply an innovative interdisciplinary approach combining experimental methods in infant language research with technical advancements of artificial intelligence, near-infrared spectroscopy and EEG methods to unveil the basis of language acquisition.
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