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Active Overhearing: Development in Preschoolers' Skill at 'Listening in' to Naturalistic Overheard Speech

@article{Foushee2016ActiveOD,
  title={Active Overhearing: Development in Preschoolers' Skill at 'Listening in' to Naturalistic Overheard Speech},
  author={Ruthe Foushee and F. Xu},
  journal={Cognitive Science},
  year={2016}
}
Overhearing can be seen as an instance of active learning, and overheard speech provides an increasingly viable source of linguistic input across development. However, previous studies of overhearing have often tested learning from simplified, pedagogic, adult-directed speech. This study extends previous results to a more ecologically valid context. Children learn multiple words and facts corresponding to novel toys either through a naturalistic overheard phone call or through direct… Expand
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