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ERIC Number: EJ796519
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Pages: 10
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0010-0277
The Link between Statistical Segmentation and Word Learning in Adults
Mirman, Daniel; Magnuson, James S.; Estes, Katharine Graf; Dixon, James A.
Cognition, v108 n1 p271-280 Jul 2008
Many studies have shown that listeners can segment words from running speech based on conditional probabilities of syllable transitions, suggesting that this statistical learning could be a foundational component of language learning. However, few studies have shown a direct link between statistical segmentation and word learning. We examined this possible link in adults by following a statistical segmentation exposure phase with an artificial lexicon learning phase. Participants were able to learn all novel object-label pairings, but pairings were learned faster when labels contained high probability (word-like) or non-occurring syllable transitions from the statistical segmentation phase than when they contained low probability (boundary-straddling) syllable transitions. This suggests that, for adults, labels inconsistent with expectations based on statistical learning are harder to learn than consistent or neutral labels. In contrast, a previous study found that infants learn consistent labels, but not inconsistent or neutral labels. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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