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ERIC Number: EJ861069
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0305-0009
Twelve-Month-Olds Learn Novel Word-Object Pairings Differing Only in Stress Pattern
Curtin, Suzanne
Journal of Child Language, v36 n5 p1157-1165 Nov 2009
Infants at 1;2 demonstrate difficulty in accessing subtle phonetic information about newly learned word-object pairings (Stager & Werker, 1997). In this study, we examined whether or not infants can access subtle prosodic information such as lexical stress in a word learning task. We tested infants younger than 1;2 to see if they could learn two new word-object associations that differ only in stress pattern (Sww versus wSw). Our results are the first to demonstrate that, even without contextual support, infants at 1;0 succeed at this task, suggesting that the salient acoustic properties associated with lexical stress facilitate word-object associative learning.
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Language: English
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