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ERIC Number: EJ1028528
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
ISSN: ISSN-1524-8372
Now You Hear It: Fourteen-Month-Olds Succeed at Learning Minimal Pairs in Stressed Syllables
Archer, Stephanie; Ference, Jennifer; Curtin, Suzanne
Journal of Cognition and Development, v15 n1 p110-122 2014
We examined whether 14-month-olds learn the mapping between a novel word and object in an associative-learning task when the forms differ minimally in only one segment where the crucial difference occurs in a stressed syllable. Fifty infants were presented with novel word-object pairings. Infants in one group heard the minimal difference in an initially stressed syllable, and the other group heard the minimal difference in a medially stressed syllable. Only those infants who were taught the medially stressed minimal pair detected a mismatch in the word-object pairing. These results demonstrate that 14-month-olds can succeed at minimal pair word learning when the critical information is presented in a stressed syllable, but importantly, only when particular acoustic cues are highlighted by syllable position--in this case, the medial position.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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