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The flexibility of 12-month-olds' preferences for phonologically appropriate object labels

Developmental Psychology, February 2014, Vol.50(2), pp.422-430 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    The flexibility of 12-month-olds' preferences for phonologically appropriate object labels
  • Author: Mackenzie, Heather ; Graham, Susan ; Curtin, Suzanne ; Archer, Stephanie
  • Contributor: Mackenzie, Heather (correspondence author)
  • Found In: Developmental Psychology, February 2014, Vol.50(2), pp.422-430 [Peer Reviewed Journal]
  • Subjects: Infants (35660) ; Acoustics (00200) ; Consonants (14900) ; Czech (17100) ; Phonology (65250) ; English (21900) ; Psycholinguistics; Child Language Acquisition ; Article
  • Language: English
  • Description: We explored 12-month-olds' flexibility in accepting phonotactically illegal or ill-formed word forms in a modified associative-learning task. Sixty-four English-learning infants were presented with a training phase that either clarified the purpose of a sound-object association task or left the task ambiguous. Infants were then habituated to sets of Czech words with onsets that are illegal in English (e.g., ptak), consonantal sounds (e.g., /l/), or novel functionlike words (e.g., iv). When infants were provided with a training phase that highlighted the purpose of the task, they associated the phonotactically illegal Czech words, but not the consonantal sounds or novel functionlike words, with objects. Thus, English-learning 12-month-old infants' flexibility in associating various sound forms with novel objects is limited to labels that share the structural shape of well-formed nounlike words. [Copyright American Psychological Association]
  • Identifier: ISSN: 0012-1649

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