Laboratoire Psychologie de la Perception - UMR 8242
Uni­ver­sité Paris Descartes
45 Rue des Saints Pères
75270 Paris Cedex 06

Thierry NAZZI

Senior Research Scientist
Speech perception group

thierry.nazzi@-Code a retirer pour éviter le SPAM-parisdescartes.fr
+33 (0) 1 42 86 43 15, room 603-03


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


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