Implicit statistical learning is directly associated with the acquisition of syntax.

@article{Kidd2012ImplicitSL,
  title={Implicit statistical learning is directly associated with the acquisition of syntax.},
  author={Evan Kidd},
  journal={Developmental psychology},
  year={2012},
  volume={48 1},
  pages={171-84}
}
This article reports on an individual differences study that investigated the role of implicit statistical learning in the acquisition of syntax in children. One hundred children ages 4 years 5 months through 6 years 11 months completed a test of implicit statistical learning, a test of explicit declarative learning, and standardized tests of verbal and nonverbal ability. They also completed a syntactic priming task, which provided a dynamic index of children's facility to detect and respond to… CONTINUE READING

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