Cue weighing in infants’ rule learning: prosody versus structure

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Cue weighing in infants’ rule learning: prosody versus structure

Type: Bachelor thesis
Title: Cue weighing in infants’ rule learning: prosody versus structure
Author: Nota, Naomi
Issue Date: 2016
Keywords: language acquisition
headturn preference procedure
cue weighing
prosody
structure
statistical learning
rule learning
Abstract: When infants have two possible rules that they can discover in an artificial language, a prosodic rule and a structure rule, which one do they discover and does this change with development? Prior studies on infants’ cue weighing suggest a preference for prosodic cues for eight-month-old infants, and a preference for structure for ten-month-old infants when segmenting speech. Using a Headturn Preference Procedure with adapted stimuli from Spierings and ten Cate (2014), we compared looking times for a prosody and structure test condition. We found condition did not have a significant effect on looking time. However, ten-month-old infants had significantly longer looking times compared to the eight-month-old infants. We also found a significant difference for gender, suggesting that female infants have a preference for a different cue to discover underlying language patterns than males.
Supervisor: Levelt, Prof. Dr. C.C.
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: Taalwetenschap (Bachelor)
Specialisation: Taal en Cognitie
ECTS Credits: 10
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/42316
 

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