Connecting cues: overlapping regularities support cue discovery in infancy.

TitleConnecting cues: overlapping regularities support cue discovery in infancy.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsSahni SD, Seidenberg MS, Saffran JR
JournalChild Dev
Volume81
Issue3
Pagination727-36
Date Published2010 May-Jun
ISSN1467-8624
KeywordsAttention, Comprehension, Concept Formation, Cues, Female, Humans, Infant, Language Development, Male, Phonetics, Psycholinguistics, Psychology, Child, Semantics, Speech Perception
Abstract

The present work examined the discovery of linguistic cues during a word segmentation task. Whereas previous studies have focused on sensitivity to individual cues, this study addresses how individual cues may be used to discover additional, correlated cues. Twenty-four 9-month-old infants were familiarized with a speech stream in which syllable-level transitional probabilities and an overlapping novel cue served as cues to word boundaries. Infants' behavior at test indicated that they were able to discover the novel cue. Additional experiments showed that infants did not have a preexisting preference for specific test items and that transitional probability information was necessary to acquire the novel cue. Results suggest one way learners can discover relevant linguistic structure amid the multiple overlapping properties of natural language.

URLhttps://google.com
DOI10.1111/j.1467-8624.2010.01430.x
Alternate JournalChild Dev
PubMed ID20573101
PubMed Central IDPMC2892808
Grant ListF31 DC008737 / DC / NIDCD NIH HHS / United States
F31 DC008737-03 / DC / NIDCD NIH HHS / United States
P30 HD003352 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States
R01 HD037466 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States