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Cross-language speech perception: how listening to foreign speech changes over life

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Humans are born with the capacity to learn any language. However, exposure to native(s) languages modulates in an important way the underlying processes. Such modulations can be observed already already in the first months of life and have lifelong consequences, even in the case of significant exposure to other languages in childhood. In this talk I will review evidence on different aspects of cross-language phonological processing.

Nuria Sebastian‐Galles is a Professor at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Spain. In 2016, she was elected Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy. She was Vice‐President of the Scientific Council of the European Research Council until the end of 2016. Sebastian‐ Galles has authored many peer‐reviewed articles on bilingualism, early language development, and speech perception in journals such as Science, Proceedings of the Nationab Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, and the Journal of Neuroscience.

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