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Semantics: An International Handbook of Natural Language by Claudia Maienborn

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These findings suggest that even infants are able to recognize similarities across acoustic and visual stimuli. But how do they go about this? First, this requires memory in order to register repeated perceptual events. Second, this requires some level of abstraction if the stimuli are not completely identical (which is the typical case because in our natural environment something changes from situation to situation: shade of the light, position, background noise). What is required, in other words, is categorical perception.

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