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Prosody guides the rapid mapping of auditory word forms onto visual objects in 6-mo-old infants
 

Summary: Prosody guides the rapid mapping of auditory word
forms onto visual objects in 6-mo-old infants
Mohinish Shuklaa,1
, Katherine S. Whiteb
, and Richard N. Aslinc
a
Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Meliora Hall, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY 14627; b
Department of Psychology, University of Waterloo,
Waterloo, ON, Canada N2L 3G1; and c
Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Center for Visual Science, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY 14627
Edited by E. Anne Cutler, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Heilig Landstichting, The Netherlands, and approved February 23, 2011 (received for
review November 23, 2010)
Human infants are predisposed to rapidly acquire their native
language. The nature of these predispositions is poorly understood,
butiscrucialtoourunderstandingofhowinfantsunpacktheirspeech
input to recover the fundamental word-like units, assign them re-
ferential roles, and acquire the rules that govern their organization.
Previous researchers have demonstrated the role of general distri-
butional computations in prelinguistic infants' parsing of continuous
speech.Weextendthesefindingstomorenaturalisticconditions,and

  

Source: Aslin, Richard N. - Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, University of Rochester

 

Collections: Biology and Medicine