ERIC Number: EJ1200052
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Jan
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The Effect of Neighborhood Density on Children's Word Learning in Noise
Han, Min Kyung; Storkel, Holly; Bontempo, Daniel E.
Journal of Child Language, v46 n1 p153-169 Jan 2019
Many studies have addressed the effect of neighborhood density (phonological similarity among words) on word learning in quiet listening conditions. We explored how noise influences the effect of neighborhood density on children's word learning. One-hundred-and-two preschoolers learned nonwords varied in neighborhood density in one of four listening conditions: quiet, +15 dB signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), +6 dB SNR, and 0 dB SNR. Results showed that a high-density advantage for children under quiet listening condition was significantly reduced as noise increased. This finding implies an adverse impact of noise on long-term outcomes of word learning.
Descriptors: Acoustics, Language Acquisition, Vocabulary Development, Phonology, Preschool Children, Listening, Correlation, Learning Processes
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