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Growing up to be flexible with words and sounds

Julien Mayor is associate professor at Department of Psychology, UiO. He will visit us to talk about children's early language development.

The lecture will be given in English ,and is open to everyone. Below is a short abstract of his talk.

Growing up to be flexible with words and sounds

Textbooks suggest that young children learn just one word for each object. This strategy, referred to as Mutual Exclusivity, is deemed to help them learn words efficiently. I will present data with infants and children suggesting that they are more flexible with word learning than typically considered, and that early word learning is built upon a network of word-object associations. I will provide further evidence for a spontaneous activation of dense networks of associations between words and objects in bilingual adults. Finally, I will introduce a model of the formation of the perceptual vowel space in monolingual and simultaneous bilinguals, which shows how vowel perception in native speakers of a language can be altered depending on whether they are exposed to another language or not.

Published Sep. 18, 2017 3:53 PM - Last modified May 27, 2019 1:19 PM