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1 February 2017

Early Perceptions of Speech and Sound

For the week of February 5, 2017

How children perceive sounds and eventually produce speech has a profound effect on language acquisition and social communication later in life.

Guest: Benjamin Munson is a professor in the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences at the University of Minnesota

  • Part 1 – 14:08

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    From hearing their mother’s voice in the womb, children continue to prefer her voice, as well as the language she spoke. Munson looks at these early childhood preferences for voices and how these preferences shape early notions of gender and sexuality that influence speech into adulthood.

  • Part 2 – 12:28

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    When should parents and caregivers worry about their children’s phonological development? Munson says though the age of a child’s first word is variable (from 10-14 months), by 15 months parents should look for a referral and by 18 month, if the child has not yet said his or her first word, it is definitely time for a speech-language evaluation.

    Professor Munson is one of the College of Liberal Arts faculty members speaking at A Brighter U. The event takes place Saturday, February 18 from 11:30 am – 5:00 pm at the McNamara Alumni Center. More information on the event can be found at: cla.umn.edu/news-events/news/join-us-brighter-u-2017

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