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ERIC Number: EJ1112829
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1547-5441
Reduplicated Words Are Easier to Learn
Ota, Mitsuhiko; Skarabela, Barbora
Language Learning and Development, v12 n4 p380-397 2016
Infants' disposition to learn repetitions in the input structure has been demonstrated in pattern generalization (e.g., learning the pattern ABB from the token "ledidi"). This study tested whether a repetition advantage can also be found in lexical learning (i.e., learning the word "lele" vs. "ledi"). Twenty-four English-learning infants (mean age: 18.5 months) were exposed to novel word-object mappings involving either a reduplicated CVCV word (e.g., "neenee") or a nonreduplicated CVCV word (e.g, "bolay"). Infants were more adept at learning word-object mappings with a reduplicated word than with a nonreduplicated word. A follow-up corpus analysis of infant-directed speech showed that this preference could not be attributed to the frequency patterns of reduplicated words or syllables in the linguistic input. These findings indicate that an experience-independent bias toward repeated elements plays an important role not only in pattern generalization but also in word learning.
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Language: English
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