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ERIC Number: EJ1163692
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Jan
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0305-0009
Reduplication Facilitates Early Word Segmentation
Ota, Mitsuhiko; Skarabela, Barbora
Journal of Child Language, v45 n1 p204-218 Jan 2018
This study explores the possibility that early word segmentation is aided by infants' tendency to segment words with repeated syllables ("reduplication"). Twenty-four nine-month-olds were familiarized with passages containing one novel reduplicated word and one novel non-reduplicated word. Their central fixation times in response to these as well as new reduplicated and non-reduplicated words introduced at test showed that familiarized reduplicated words were segmented better than familiarized non-reduplicated words. These results demonstrate that infants are predisposed to segment words with repeated phonological elements, and suggest that register-specific words in infant-directed speech may have evolved in response to this learning bias.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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