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ERIC Number: EJ884787
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0033-295X
Invariance Detection within an Interactive System: A Perceptual Gateway to Language Development
Gogate, Lakshmi J.; Hollich, George
Psychological Review, v117 n2 p496-516 Apr 2010
In this article, we hypothesize that "invariance detection," a general perceptual phenomenon whereby organisms attend to relatively stable patterns or regularities, is an important means by which infants tune in to various aspects of spoken language. In so doing, we synthesize a substantial body of research on detection of regularities across the domains of speech perception, word segmentation, word-referent mapping, and grammar learning. In addition, we outline our framework for how invariance detection might serve as a perceptual gateway to more sophisticated communication by providing a foundation for subsequent emergent capacities. We test our hypothesis using the domain of word mapping as a case in point, emphasizing its epigenetic nature: Word mapping is rooted in the real-time interactions between the infant and the physical world. The present account offers an alternative to prior theories of early language development and helps to link the field of early language development with more general perceptual processes. (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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