chapter  7
Speech as an Intermodal Object of Perception
ByPatricia K. Kuhl and Andrew N. Meltzoff 235
Pages 32

Theoretical treatments of perceptual development typically focus on the visual world. Here, surfaces have to be broken up and perceived as entities that are bounded and separate from one another. This is essential for object perception. An equally challenging but different domain in which to pose questions about perceptual development involves infants' perception of "auditory objects," in the case discussed here, speech.