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ERIC Number: EJ823366
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Dec
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1092-4388
Learning New Words II: Phonotactic Probability in Verb Learning
Storkel, Holly L.
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, v46 n6 p1312-1323 Dec 2003
Phonotactic probability, a measure of the likelihood of occurrence of a sound sequence, appears to facilitate noun learning (H. L. Storkel, 2001). Nouns and verbs, however, tend to differ in rate of acquisition, indicating that word-learning mechanisms may differ across grammatical class. The purpose of the current study was to examine the effect of phonotactic probability on verb learning. Thirty-four typically developing preschool children participated in a multitrial word-learning task involving nonwords varying in phonotactic probability paired with unfamiliar actions. Multiple measures of word learning were obtained at increasing numbers of exposures. Correct responses were analyzed to examine rate of word learning. Results paralleled those of the previous noun-learning study, with common sound sequences being learned more rapidly than rare sound sequences. The results are interpreted in relation to the effect of distributional regularities on acquisition and the reported discrepancy between noun and verb learning in English.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education
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Language: English
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