Integrative Neuroscience and Cognition Center - CNRS UMR 8002
CNRS, Université de Paris
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75270 Paris Cedex 06

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Dr. Thierry NAZZI

Language and cognition

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Recent Publications


  • Barbara Höhle, Ranka Bijeljac-Babic, Thierry Nazzi. Variability and stability in early language acquisition: Comparing monolingual and bilingual infants’ speech perception and word recognition. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 2019, pp.1–16.
  • Polka, L & Nazzi, T. Interacting processes and developmental biases allow learners to crack the “what” code and the “who” code in spoken language. Applied Psycholinguistics, 2018, 39 (4), pp.757-761.
  • Berdasco-Munoz, E, Nishibayashi, L-L, Baud, O, Biran, V, Nazzi, T. Early segmentation abilities in preterm infants. Infancy, 2018, 23, pp.268-287. (PDF)
  • Poltrock S, Chen H, Kwok C, Cheung H, Nazzi T. Adult Learning of Novel Words in a Non-native Language: Consonants, Vowels, and Tones. Front Psychol, 2018, 9, pp.1211. (PDF)
  • Von Holzen K, Nishibayashi LL, Nazzi T. Consonant and Vowel Processing in Word Form Segmentation: An Infant ERP Study. Brain Sci, 2018, 8 (2). (PDF)
  • Nazzi T, Polka L. The consonant bias in word learning is not determined by position within the word: Evidence from vowel-initial words. J Exp Child Psychol, 2018, 174, pp.103-111. (PDF)
  • Henny Yeung H, Bhatara A, Nazzi T. Learning a Phonological Contrast Modulates the Auditory Grouping of Rhythm. Cogn Sci, 2018. (PDF)
  • Frank, MC, Bergelson, E, Bergmann, C, Cristia, A, Floccia, C, Gervain, J, Hamlin, JK, Hannon, EE, Kline, M, Levelt, C, Lew-Williams, C, Nazzi, T, Panneton, R, Rabagliati, H, Soderstrom, M, Sullivan, J, Waxman, S, Yurovsky, D. A collaborative approach to infant research: Promoting reproducibility, best practices, and theory-building. Infancy, 2017, 22, pp.421-435. (PDF)
  • Delle Luche, C, Floccia, C, Granjon, L, Nazzi, T. Infants’ first words are not phonetically specified: Own name recognition in 5-month-old British-English babies. Infancy, 2017, 22, pp.362-388. (PDF)
  • Buerkin-Pontrelli, A, Culbertson, J, Legendre, G, Nazzi, T. The early acquisition of French liaison. Language, 2017, 93, pp.189-219. (PDF)
  • Gonzalez-Gomez N, Hsin L, Barrière I, Nazzi T, Legendre G. Agarra, agarran: Evidence of early comprehension of subject-verb agreement in Spanish. J Exp Child Psychol, 2017, 160, pp.33-49. (PDF)
  • Culbertson, J, Koulaguina, E, Gonzalez Gomez, N, Legendre, G, Nazzi, T. Developing representations of non-adjacent dependencies. Developmental Psychology, 2016, 52 (12), pp.2174-2183. (PDF)
  • Nazzi, T, Poltrock, S, Von Holzen, K. The developmental origins of the consonant bias in lexical processing. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 2016, 25 (4), pp.291-296. (PDF)
  • Nishibayashi LL, Nazzi T. Vowels, then consonants: Early bias switch in recognizing segmented word forms. Cognition, 2016, 155, pp.188-203. (PDF)
  • Abboub N, Nazzi T, Gervain J. Prosodic grouping at birth. Brain Lang, 2016, 162, pp.46-59. (PDF)
  • Abboub N, Boll-Avetisyan N, Bhatara A, Höhle B, Nazzi T. An Exploration of Rhythmic Grouping of Speech Sequences by French- and German-Learning Infants. Front Hum Neurosci, 2016, 10, pp.292. (PDF)
  • Højen A, Nazzi T. Vowel bias in Danish word-learning: processing biases are language-specific. Developmental Science, 2016, 19 (1), pp.41-49. (PDF)
  • Bijeljac-Babic R, Höhle B, Nazzi T. Early prosodic acquisition in bilingual infants: The case of the perceptual trochaic bias. Frontiers in Psychology, 2016, 7, pp.210. (PDF)
  • Barrière I, Goyet L, Kresh S, Legendre G, Nazzi T. Uncovering productive morphosyntax in French-learning toddlers: a multidimensional methodology perspective. Journal of Child Language, 2016, 43 (5), pp.1131-1157. (PDF)
  • Boll-Avetisyan N, Bhatara A, Unger A, Nazzi T, Höhle B. Effects of experience with L2 and music on rhythmic grouping by French listeners. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 2016, 19 (5), pp.971–986. (PDF)
  • Bhatara A, Boll-Avetisyan N, Agus T, Höhle B, Nazzi T. Language experience affects grouping of musical instrument sounds. Cognitive Science, 2016, 40 (7), pp.1816-1830. (PDF)
  • Havy M, Bouchon C, Nazzi T. Learning words in bilinguals as a function of linguistic distance of the two native languages. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 2016, 40, pp.41-52. (PDF)
  • Gonzalez-Gomez N, Nazzi T. Delayed acquisition of non-adjacent vocalic dependencies. Journal of Child Language, 2016, 43 (1), pp.186-206. (PDF)
  • Nazzi T, Nishibayashi L-L, Berdasco-Munoz E, Baud O, Biran V, Gonzalez-Gomez N. Acquisition du langage chez l’enfant premature durant la premiere annee de vie. Archives de pédiatrie, 2015, 22, pp.1072-1077. (PDF)
  • Bouchon C, Nazzi T, Gervain J. Hemispheric asymmetries in repetition enhancement and suppression effects in the newborn brain. PlosOne, 2015, 10, pp.e0140160.
  • Poltrock S, Nazzi T. Consonant/vowel asymmetry in early word form recognition. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 2015, 131, pp.135–148. (PDF)
  • Bhatara A, Yeung HH, Nazzi T. Foreign language learning in French speakers is associated with rhythm perception, but not with melody perception. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 2015, 41, pp.277-282. (PDF)
  • Nishibayashi L-L, Goyet L, Nazzi T. Early speech segmentation in French-learning infants: monosyllabic words versus embedded syllables. Language & Speech., 2015, 58, pp.334-350.
  • Bouchon C, Floccia C, Fux T, Adda-Decker M, Nazzi T. Call me Alix, not Elix: Vowels are more important than consonants in own name recognition at 5 months. Developmental Science, 2015, 18, pp.587-598. (PDF)
  • Gonzalez-Gomez N, Nazzi T. Constraints on statistical computations at 10 months of age: The use of phonological features. Developmental Science, 2015, 18, pp.864-876. (PDF)
  • Abboub N, Bijeljac-Babic R, Serres J, Nazzi T. On the importance of being bilingual: Word stress processing in a context of segmental variability. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 2015, 132, pp.111–120. (PDF)
  • Yeung HH, Nazzi T. Object labeling influences infant phonetic learning and generalization. Cognition, 2014, 132, pp.151-163. (PDF)
  • DelleLuche C, Poltrock S, Goslin J, New B, Floccia C, Nazzi T. Differential processing of consonants and vowels in the auditory modality: A cross-linguistic study. Journal of Memory and Language, 2014, 72, pp.1-15. (PDF)
  • Floccia C, Nazzi T, DelleLuche C, Poltrock S, Goslin J. English-learning one- to two-year-olds do not show a consonant bias in word learning. Journal of Child Language, 2014, 41, pp.1085-1114. (PDF)
  • Havy M, Serres J, Nazzi T. A consonant/vowel asymmetry in word-form processing: Evidence in childhood and in adulthood. Language and Speech, 2014, 57, pp.254-281. (PDF)
  • Nazzi T, Mersad K, Sundara M, Iakimova G, Polka L. Early word segmentation in infants acquiring Parisian French: task-dependent and dialect-specific aspects. Journal of Child Language, 2014, 41, pp.600-633. (PDF)
  • New B, Nazzi T. The time course of consonant and vowel processing during word recognition. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, 2014, 29, pp.147-157. (PDF)
  • Gonzalez-Gomez N, Hayashi A, Tsuji S, Mazuka R, Nazzi T. The role of the input on the development of the LC bias: A crosslinguistic comparison. Cognition, 2014, 132, pp.301–311. (PDF)
  • Legendre G, Culbertson J, Zaroukian E, Hsin L, Barrière I, Nazzi T. Is children’s comprehension of subject-verb agreement universally late? Comparative evidence from French, English, and Spanish. Lingua, 2014, 144, pp.21-39. (PDF)
  • Goyet L, Nishibayashi L-L, Nazzi T. Early syllabic segmentation of fluent speech by infants acquiring French. Plos One, 2013, 8, pp.e79646. (PDF)
  • Bhatara A, Boll-Avetisyan N, Unger A, Nazzi T, Höhle B. Native language affects rhythmic grouping of speech. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 2013, 134, pp.3828–3843. (PDF)
  • Gonzalez-Gomez N, Poltrock S, Nazzi T. A “bat” is easier to learn than a “tab”: Effects of relative phonotactic frequency on infant word learning. PlosOne, 2013, 8, pp.e59601. (PDF)
  • Havy M, Nazzi T, Bertoncini J. Phonetic processing during the acquisition of new words in 3-to-6-year-old French-speaking deaf children with cochlear implants. Journal of Communication Disorders, 2013, 46, pp.181–192. (PDF)
  • Gonzalez-Gomez N, Nazzi T. Effects of prior phonotactic knowledge on infant word segmentation: the case of non-adjacent dependencies. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 2013, 56, pp.840-849. (PDF)
  • Gonzalez-Gomez N, Nazzi T. Phonotactic acquisition in healthy preterm infants. Developmental Science, 2012, 15, pp.885–894. (PDF)
  • Tsuji S, Gonzalez-Gomez N, Medina V, Nazzi T, Mazuka R. The labial-coronal effect revisited: Japanese adults say pata, but hear tapa. Cognition, 2012, 125, pp.413-428. (PDF)
  • Mersad K, Nazzi T. When Mommy comes to the rescue of statistics: Infants combine top-down and bottom-up cues to segment speech. Language Learning & Development, 2012, 8, pp.303-315. (PDF)
  • Gonzalez-Gomez N, Nazzi T. Acquisition of non-adjacent phonological regularities in the first year of life: Evidence from a perceptual equivalent of the labial-coronal effect. Infancy, 2012, 17, pp.498–524. (PDF)
  • Bijeljac-Babic R, Serres J, Hohle B, Nazzi T. Effect of bilingualism on lexical stress pattern discrimination in French-learning infants. PLoS ONE, 2012, 7, pp.e30843. (PDF)
  • Nazzi T, Goyet L, Sundara M, Polka L. Différences linguistiques et dialectales dans la mise en place des procédures de segmentation de la parole. Enfance, 2012, 64, pp.127-146. (PDF)
  • Nazzi T, Barrière I, Goyet L, Kresh S, Legendre G. Tracking irregular morphophonological dependencies in natural language: Evidence from the acquisition of subject-verb agreement in French. Cognition, 2011, 120, pp.119–135. (PDF)
  • Johnson EK, Westrek E, Nazzi T, Cutler A. Infant ability to tell voices apart rests on language experience. Developmental Science, 2011, 14, pp.1002-1011. (PDF)
  • Mersad K, Nazzi T. Transitional probabilities and positional frequency phonotactics in a hierarchical model of speech segmentation. Memory and Cognition, 2011, 39, pp.1085-1093. (PDF)
  • Floccia C, Nazzi T, Austin K, Arreckx F, Goslin J. Lexical stress and phonetic processing in word learning in 20-to-24-month-old English-learning children. Developmental Science, 2011, 14, pp.602–613. (PDF)
  • Havy M, Bertoncini J, Nazzi T. Word learning and phonetic processing in preschool age children. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 2011, 108, pp.25–43. (PDF)
  • Bertoncini J, Nazzi T, Cabrera L, Lorenzi C. Six-month-old infants discriminate voicing on the basis of temporal envelope cues. J Acoust Soc Am, 2011.
  • Havy M, Moukawane S, Nazzi T. Are 3-to-8 year old children with Williams Syndrome good word-learners?. Neuroreport: For Rapid Communication of Neuroscience Research, 2010, 21, pp.882-886. (PDF)
  • Mersad K, Goyet L, Nazzi T. Cross-linguistic differences in early word form segmentation: a rhythmic-based account. Journal of Portuguese Linguistics, 2010, 9/10, pp.37-65. (PDF)
  • Legendre G, Barriere I, Goyet L, Nazzi T. Comprehension of infrequent subject-verb agreement forms: Evidence from French-learning children. Child Development, 2010, 81, pp.1859–1875. (PDF)
  • Goyet L, de Schonen S, Nazzi T. Words and syllables in fluent speech segmentation by French-learning infants: an ERP study. Brain Res, 2010.
  • Bijeljac-Babic R, Nassurally K, Havy M, Nazzi T. Infants can rapidly learn words in a foreign language. Infant Behavior and Development, 2009, 32, pp.476-480. (PDF)
  • Havy M, Nazzi T. Better processing of consonantal over vocalic information in word learning at 16 months of age. Infancy, 2009, 14, pp.439-456. (PDF)
  • Nazzi T, Floccia C, Moquet B, Butler J. Bias for consonantal over vocalic information in French- and English-learning 30-month-olds: crosslinguistic evidence in early word learning. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 2009, 102, pp.522–537. (PDF)
  • Nazzi T, Bertoncini J. Phonetic specificity in early lexical acquisition: New evidence from consonants in coda positions. Language and Speech, 2009, 52, pp.463–480. (PDF)
  • Höhle B, Bijeljac-Babic R, Herold B, Weissenborn J, Nazzi T. The development of language specific prosodic preferences during the first half year of life: evidence from German and French. Infant Behavior and Development, 2009, 32, pp.262-274. (PDF)
  • Nazzi T, Bertoncini J, Bijeljac-Babic R. A perceptual equivalent of the labial-coronal effect in the first year of life. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 2009, 126, pp.1440-1446. (PDF)
  • New B, Araujo V, Nazzi T. Differential processing of consonants and vowels in lexical access through reading. Psychological Science, 2008, 19, pp.1223-1227. (PDF)
  • Nazzi T. Segmentation précoce de la parole continue en mots : évaluation inter-linguistique de l’hypothèse d’initialisation rythmique. L’Année Psychologique, 2008, 108, pp.309-342. (PDF)
  • Nazzi T, Pilardeau M. Learning the names of objects is not enough to support name-based categorization at 16 months. European Journal of Developmental Psychology, 2007, 4, pp.435-450. (PDF)
  • Nazzi T, New B. Beyond stop consonants: consonantal specificity in early lexical acquisition. Cognitive Development, 2007, 22, pp.271-279. (PDF)
  • Nazzi T. Spécificité phonétique: de la perception précoce à l’acquisition des premiers mots. Recherches Linguistiques de Vincennes, 2006, 35, pp.31-52.
  • Nazzi Thierry, Iakimova Galina, Bertoncini Josiane, Fredonie Severine, Alcantara Carmela. Early segmentation of fluent speech by infants acquiring French: Emerging evidence for crosslinguistic differences. Journal of Memory and Language, 2006, 54, pp.283-299. (PDF)
  • Nazzi T, Dilley LC, Jusczyk AM, Shattuck-Hufnagel S, Jusczyk PW. English-learning infants’ segmentation of verbs from fluent speech. Language and Speech, 2005, 48, pp.279-298. (PDF)
  • Nazzi T, Gopnik A, Karmiloff-Smith A. Asynchrony in the cognitive and lexical development of young children with Williams syndrome. Journal of Child Language, 2005, 32, pp.427-438. (PDF)
  • Nazzi Thierry. Use of phonetic specificity during the acquisition of new words: Differences between consonants and vowels. Cognition, 2005, 98, pp.13-30. (PDF)
  • Nazzi Thierry, Paterson Sarah, Karmiloff-Smith A. Early word segmentation by infants and toddlers with Williams syndrome. Infancy, 2003, 4, pp.251-271. (PDF)
  • Nazzi Thierry, Bertoncini Josiane. Before and after the vocabulary spurt: Two modes of word acquisition?. Developmental Science, 2003, 6, pp.136-142. (PDF)
  • Nazzi Thierry, Gopnik Alison. Sorting and acting with objects in early childhood: An exploration of the use of causal cues. Cognitive Development, 2003, 18, pp.299-317. (PDF)
  • Nazzi Thierry, Ramus Franck. Perception and acquisition of linguistic rhythm by infants. Speech Communication, 2003, 41, pp.233-243. (PDF)
  • Nazzi Thierry, Karmiloff-Smith A. Early categorization abilities in young children with Williams syndrome. Neuroreport: For Rapid Communication of Neuroscience Research, 2002, 13, pp.1259-1262. (PDF)
  • Nazzi Thierry, Gopnik Alison. Linguistic and cognitive abilities in infancy: When does language become a tool for categorization?. Cognition, 2001, 80, pp.B22-B20. (PDF)
  • Nazzi Thierry, Kemler-Nelson, D G, Jusczyk Peter W, Jusczyk Ann Marie. Six-month-olds’ detection of clauses embedded in continuous speech: Effects of prosodic well-formedness. Infancy, 2000, 1, pp.123-147. (PDF)
  • Nazzi Thierry, Gopnik Alison. A shift in children’s use of perceptual and causal cues to categorization. Developmental Science, 2000, 3, pp.389-396. (PDF)
  • Floccia Caroline, Nazzi Thierry, Bertoncini Josiane. Unfamiliar voice discrimination for short stimuli in newborns. Developmental Science, 2000, 3, pp.333-343. (PDF)
  • Nazzi Thierry, Jusczyk Peter W, Johnson Elizabeth K. Language discrimination by English-learning 5-month-olds: Effects of rhythm and familiarity. Journal of Memory and Language, 2000, 43, pp.1-19. (PDF)
  • Nazzi Thierry, Bertoncini Josiane, Mehler Jacques. Language discrimination by newborns: Toward an understanding of the role of rhythm. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 1998, 24, pp.756-766. (PDF)
  • Nazzi Thierry, Floccia Caroline, Bertoncini Josiane. Discrimination of pitch contours by neonates. Infant Behavior and Development, 1998, 21, pp.779-784. (PDF)
  • Bertoncini Josiane, Floccia Caroline, Nazzi Thierry, Mehler Jacques. Morae and syllables: Rhythmical basis of speech representations in neonates. Language and Speech, 1995, 38, pp.311-329.


  • Abboub N, Bijeljac-Babic R, Serres J, Nazzi T. Processing of Lexical Stress at the Phonological Level in French Monolinguals and Bilinguals at 10 Months. BUCLD 38 Proceedings, pp.1-11, 2014.
  • Yeung HH, Nazzi T. Ostensive and referential object labeling helps infants learn generalizable sound patterns. Proceedings of the 37th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development, S. Baiz N Goldman, ,R. Hawkes - Cascadilla Press, pp.469-481, 2013. (PDF)
  • Legendre G, Culbertson J, Barrière I, Nazzi T, , Goyet L. Experimental and empirical evidence for the status and acquisition of subject clitics and agreement marking in adult and child Spoken French. Movement and Clitics, V. Torrens L Escobar A Gavarro and J.G. Mangado - Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012.
  • Goyet L, Millotte S, Christophe A, , Nazzi T. Processing continuous speech in infancy: From major prosodic units to isolated word forms. Oxford Handbook of Developmental Linguistics, J. Lidz J Pater and W. Snyder - Oxford University Press, 2012.
  • Gonzalez-Gomez N, , Nazzi T. Phonological Feature Constraints on the Acquisition of Phonological Dependencies. Proceedings of the 36th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development, Cascadilla Press, 2012.
  • Nazzi T, Gonzalez-Gomez N. Sensitivity to non-adjacent phonological dependencies in 10-month-old infants. Proceedings of ICPhS XVII, pp.1454-1457, 2011.
  • Legendre G, Barrière I, Goyet L, , Nazzi T. On the Acquisition of Implicated Presuppositions: Evidence from French Personal Pronouns. Selected Proceedings of the 4th Conference on Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition North America (GALANA 2010), Mihaela Pirvulescu, et al. - Cascadilla Proceedings Project, pp.150-162, 2011.
  • Barrière I, Goyet L, Nazzi T, Kresh S, , Legendre G. The representation of subject-verb agreement in French-learning toddlers: New evidence from the comprehension of an infrequent pattern of pseudoverbs. Proceedings of the 35th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development, Cascadilla Press, pp.38-48, 2011.
  • Song L, Nazzi T, Moukawane S, Golinkoff RM, Stahl A, Ma W, Hirsh-Pasek K, , Connell M. Sleepy vs. sleeping: Preeschoolers’ sensitivity to morphological cues for adjectives and verbs in English and French. Proceedings of the 34th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development, Cascadilla Press, pp.409-420, 2010.
  • Legendre G, Goyet L, Barrière I, Kresh S, , Nazzi T. Sensitivity to irregular French subject-verb agreement at 18 months: Evidence from the Head Turn Preference procedure. Proceedings of the 34th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development, Cascadilla Press, pp.257-268, 2010.
  • Barrière I, Legendre G, Nazzi T, Goyet L, , Kresh S. L’acquisition de l’accord sujet-verbe par les jeunes francophones natifs entre 14 et 30 mois : préférence, compréhension et environnement linguistique. Proceedings of the 2nd World Congress of French Linguistics, Neveu F., Muni Toke V., Durand J., Klingler T., Mo - pp.1429-1443, 2010.
  • Højen A, , Nazzi T. Detailed vocalic information in Danish 20-month-olds’ novel words. Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Fundamental and Applied Aspects of Speech and Language, pp.121-125, 2009.
  • Nazzi T, Iakimova G, Bertoncini J, Mottet S, Serres J, de Schonen S. Behavioral and electrophysiological exploration of early word segmentation in French : Distinguishing the syllabic and lexical levels. Early Language Development, Trends in Language Acquisition Research, A. D.Friederici, ,G. Thierry - John Benjamins Publishing Company, pp.65-90, 2008.
  • Legendre G, Nazzi T, Barrière I, Culbertson J, Lopez-Gonzalez M, Goyet L, , Zaroukian E. Acquiring Subject-verb Agreement in French: Evidence for Abstract Knowledge from Comprehension. 31st Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development, pp.370-381, 2007.
  • Nazzi T, , Houston D M. Finding verb forms within the continuous speech stream. Action meets words: How children learn verbs, K. Hirsh-Pasek, ,R. Michnick-Golinkoff - Oxford University Press, pp.64-87, 2006.
  • Bertoncini J, Nazzi T. Développement précoce de la perception de la parole. Le développement du nourrisson, R. Lécuyer - Dunod, 2004.
  • Gopnik Alison, Nazzi Thierry. Words, kinds, and causal powers: A theory perspective on early naming and categorization. Early category and concept development: Making sense of the blooming, buzzing confusion, D.H.Rakison, ,L.M. Oakes - Oxford University Press, pp.303-329, 2003.
  • Mehler Jacques, Dupoux Emmanuel, Nazzi Thierry, Dehaene-Lambertz Ghislaine. Coping with linguistic diversity: The infant’s viewpoint. Signal to syntax: Bootstrapping from speech to grammar in early acquisition, J.L.Morgan, ,K. Demuth - Lawrence Erlbaum Associates Inc, pp.101-116, 1996.