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  Auditory discrimination between function words in children and adults: A mismatch negativity study

Strotseva-Feinschmidt, A., Cunitz, K., Friederici, A. D., & Gunter, T. C. (2015). Auditory discrimination between function words in children and adults: A mismatch negativity study. Frontiers in Psychology, 6: 1930. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01930.

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Strotseva-Feinschmidt, Anna1, Author              
Cunitz, Katrin1, Author              
Friederici, Angela D.1, Author              
Gunter, Thomas C.1, Author              
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1Department Neuropsychology, MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Max Planck Society, ou_634551              

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Free keywords: Mismatch negativity; Children; Word frequency; Sentence comprehension; Auditory
 Abstract: Previous behavioral studies showed that it is not until around the age of seven that German children reliably use case markers for the interpretation of complex sentences. Some explanations of this late development suggested that children might have difficulties in perceptual differentiation between function words that carry case information. We tested this hypothesis by using the neurophysiological index of pre-attentive discrimination, the mismatch negativity (MMN). Our data showed that children at the age of three years are able to automatically discriminate between the two determiner forms der and den when presented out of sentential context. The determiner form der elicited a more mature MMN response in children than the form den. In adults, the MMN pattern also differed with der showing an earlier peak than den. These findings indicate that der is easier to process than den, which in turn is related to the occurrence frequency of the determiner forms in language.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2015-07-072015-11-302015-12-22
 Publication Status: Published online
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 Rev. Method: Peer
 Identifiers: DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01930
PMID: 26733918
PMC: PMC4686640
Other: eCollection 2015
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Title: Frontiers in Psychology
  Abbreviation : Front Psychol
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Publ. Info: Pully, Switzerland : Frontiers Research Foundation
Pages: - Volume / Issue: 6 Sequence Number: 1930 Start / End Page: - Identifier: ISSN: 1664-1078
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