What are the units over which language learning operates?
Time: 01:30pm - 02:30pm
Place: Psychology 128 (Conference room)
Jon WillitsStatistical learning mechanisms are important for many aspects of language acquisition. But what are the units over which statistical learning operates? Phonemes? Syllables? Morphemes? Words? Phrases? Claims about the sufficiency of statistical learning mechanisms rest on which units are being used. In this talk, I'll discuss this issue using three examples: (1) infants identification of nouns and verbs in fluent speech, (2) the learning grammatical categories, and (3) child vocabulary development. All three cases will be used to make the point that identifying what units children are attending to is crucial for understanding and evaluating what is easy and what is difficult in language acquisition and use.
In category: Child language acquisition
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