INCIDENTAL LANGUAGE LEARNING : Ustening ( and Learning ) out of the Comer of Your Ear

@inproceedings{Saffran2005INCIDENTALLL,
  title={INCIDENTAL LANGUAGE LEARNING : Ustening ( and Learning ) out of the Comer of Your Ear},
  author={Jenny R. Saffran and Elissa L. Newport and Richard N. Aslin and Sandra Bamieco},
  year={2005}
}
Two experiments investigated the performance of firstgrade children and adults on an incidental language-learning Leaming entailed word segmentation from continuous speech, an initial and crucial component of language acquisition Subjects were briefiy exposed to an unsegmented artificial language, presented auditorily, in which the only cues to word boundaries were the transitional probabilities between syllables Subjects were not told that they were listening to a language, or even to listen… CONTINUE READING
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Unlike most other aspects of cogmtive development , language acquisition does not favor adults over children Rather , the initial stages of language acquisition are characterized by age mvanance In later stages , leamers who began as children surpass those who began as adults ( e g , John & Newport , 1989 , Krashen , Long , & Scarcella , 1982 , Newport , 1990 , Slavoff & Johnson , 1995 ) Moreover , recent compuUtional models of language acquisition suggest that at least some pertinent language - leaming mechanisms may induce structure from the input usmg statistical methods similar to those suggested by incidental - leaming research ( e g , Brent & Cartwnght , 1996 , Chnstiansen , 1994 , Qeeremans , Servan - Schreiber , & McClelland , 1995 , Elman , 1990 , Mmtz , Newport , & Bever , 1995 , Schtttze , Copyright © 1997 American Psychological Socwty M l na'^;;;',i^':L::':'"z;;;r:.i:.:T^;;:,::HZ : FXPERIMENT 1 .
Unlike most other aspects of cogmtive development , language acquisition does not favor adults over children Rather , the initial stages of language acquisition are characterized by age mvanance In later stages , leamers who began as children surpass those who began as adults ( e g , John & Newport , 1989 , Krashen , Long , & Scarcella , 1982 , Newport , 1990 , Slavoff & Johnson , 1995 ) Moreover , recent compuUtional models of language acquisition suggest that at least some pertinent language - leaming mechanisms may induce structure from the input usmg statistical methods similar to those suggested by incidental - leaming research ( e g , Brent & Cartwnght , 1996 , Chnstiansen , 1994 , Qeeremans , Servan - Schreiber , & McClelland , 1995 , Elman , 1990 , Mmtz , Newport , & Bever , 1995 , Schtttze , Copyright © 1997 American Psychological Socwty M l na'^;;;',i^':L::':'"z;;;r:.i:.:T^;;:,::HZ : FXPERIMENT 1 .
Unlike most other aspects of cogmtive development , language acquisition does not favor adults over children Rather , the initial stages of language acquisition are characterized by age mvanance In later stages , leamers who began as children surpass those who began as adults ( e g , John & Newport , 1989 , Krashen , Long , & Scarcella , 1982 , Newport , 1990 , Slavoff & Johnson , 1995 ) Moreover , recent compuUtional models of language acquisition suggest that at least some pertinent language - leaming mechanisms may induce structure from the input usmg statistical methods similar to those suggested by incidental - leaming research ( e g , Brent & Cartwnght , 1996 , Chnstiansen , 1994 , Qeeremans , Servan - Schreiber , & McClelland , 1995 , Elman , 1990 , Mmtz , Newport , & Bever , 1995 , Schtttze , Copyright © 1997 American Psychological Socwty M l na'^;;;',i^':L::':'"z;;;r:.i:.:T^;;:,::HZ : FXPERIMENT 1 .
Unlike most other aspects of cogmtive development , language acquisition does not favor adults over children Rather , the initial stages of language acquisition are characterized by age mvanance In later stages , leamers who began as children surpass those who began as adults ( e g , John & Newport , 1989 , Krashen , Long , & Scarcella , 1982 , Newport , 1990 , Slavoff & Johnson , 1995 ) Moreover , recent compuUtional models of language acquisition suggest that at least some pertinent language - leaming mechanisms may induce structure from the input usmg statistical methods similar to those suggested by incidental - leaming research ( e g , Brent & Cartwnght , 1996 , Chnstiansen , 1994 , Qeeremans , Servan - Schreiber , & McClelland , 1995 , Elman , 1990 , Mmtz , Newport , & Bever , 1995 , Schtttze , Copyright © 1997 American Psychological Socwty M l na'^;;;',i^':L::':'"z;;;r:.i:.:T^;;:,::HZ : FXPERIMENT 1 .
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