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Bergelson, Elika; Aslin, Richard – Language Learning and Development, 2017
The present study investigated infants' knowledge about familiar nouns. Infants (n = 46, 12-20-month-olds) saw two-image displays of familiar objects, or one familiar and one novel object. Infants heard either a matching word (e.g. "foot' when seeing foot and juice), a related word (e.g. "sock" when seeing foot and juice) or a nonce…
Descriptors: Semantics, Language Processing, Infants, Language Acquisition
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Schuler, Kathryn D.; Reeder, Patricia A.; Newport, Elissa L.; Aslin, Richard N. – Language Learning and Development, 2017
Successful language acquisition hinges on organizing individual words into grammatical categories and learning the relationships between them, but the method by which children accomplish this task has been debated in the literature. One proposal is that learners use the shared distributional contexts in which words appear as a cue to their…
Descriptors: Artificial Languages, Grammar, Classification, Word Frequency