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Natalia Kartushina - Word learning in multi-dialect environment: Insights from Norwegian 2.5-year toddlers

Natalia Kartushina is an Associate Professor in Psycholinguistics, who joined MultiLing in December 2020. She holds a PhD in Experimental Psycholinguistics (University of Geneva) and had previously worked as a postdoctoral researcher at BCBL (Spain) and BabyLing (Institute for Psychology, UiO). Her research interests cover first and second-language phonological/lexical acquisition and the role of environment in shaping language learning.

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In this talk, I will present data from two experiments that assess the role of dialectal variability on word learning in 2.5-year-old Norwegian toddlers. In experiment 1, two-and-a-half-year-old Norwegian toddlers were exposed, in their kindergarten, twice per day for one week, to a child-friendly audiovisual tablet-based e-book containing four novel pseudowords. Half of toddlers heard the story in three Norwegian accents, whereas the other half - in one Norwegian accent. The results revealed no differences between conditions, suggesting that multi-accent variability did not hinder toddlers’ word learning. In the second experiment, we examined the role of previous experience with multi-accent speech on word learning. Here, two-and-a-half-year-old Norwegian toddlers from mono-dialect and bi-dialect households were exposed, in their homes, for one week, to the e-book featuring three Norwegian accents and assessed on their word learning after each second exposure session. The results that I will present will shed light on our understanding on the role of dialect exposure on word learning in multi-accent input.

Published Mar. 10, 2021 4:41 PM - Last modified Mar. 10, 2021 4:44 PM