ERIC Number: EJ1062891
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jul
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Talker Familiarity and Spoken Word Recognition in School-Age Children
Levi, Susannah V.
Journal of Child Language, v42 n4 p843-872 Jul 2015
Research with adults has shown that spoken language processing is improved when listeners are familiar with talkers' voices, known as the familiar talker advantage. The current study explored whether this ability extends to school-age children, who are still acquiring language. Children were familiarized with the voices of three German-English bilingual talkers and were tested on the speech of six bilinguals, three of whom were familiar. Results revealed that children do show improved spoken language processing when they are familiar with the talkers, but this improvement was limited to highly familiar lexical items. This restriction of the familiar talker advantage is attributed to differences in the representation of highly familiar and less familiar lexical items. In addition, children did not exhibit accent-general learning; despite having been exposed to German-accented talkers during training, there was no improvement for novel German-accented talkers.
Descriptors: Oral Language, Familiarity, Listening, Word Recognition, Language Acquisition, Children, Bilingualism, German, English, Language Processing, Improvement, Lexicology, Dialects
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Sponsor: National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)
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IES Grant or Contract Numbers: 1R03DC009851-01A2