Liquan Liu: Language-Affect Interface in Parent-Infant Communication
Our new Marie S. Curie postdoctoral fellow Liquan Liu will talk at the Forum for Clinical Linguistics and Language Acquisition about his new research project at MultiLing.
The lecture is open to everyone and will be given in English. The abstract can be found below.
Language-Affect Interface in Parent-Infant Communication
Although affect, our experience with emotions, plays a key role in communication, its developmental trajectory in the beginning of life remains unclear. How do infants develop affect recognition that corresponds to their native environment? How do they perceive affect from non-native cultures? How does language interact with affect perception, and how does infants’ (multi-) linguistic and cultural experience play a role?
To further our understanding toward these questions, I propose a project bridging psycholinguistic and sociolinguistic approaches. I will experimentally examine infants’ affectual development and its interaction with language in the first year after birth, and specifically, adopting a preferential looking paradigm where infants will watch videos of happy/angry expressions from various cultures along with languages that match or mismatch with the correspondent culture.