Isolated words enhance statistical language learning in infancy.

  title={Isolated words enhance statistical language learning in infancy.},
  author={Casey Lew-Williams and Bruna Pelucchi and Jenny R. Saffran},
  journal={Developmental science},
  volume={14 6},
Infants are adept at tracking statistical regularities to identify word boundaries in pause-free speech. However, researchers have questioned the relevance of statistical learning mechanisms to language acquisition, since previous studies have used simplified artificial languages that ignore the variability of real language input. The experiments reported here embraced a key dimension of variability in infant-directed speech. English-learning infants (8-10 months) listened briefly to natural… CONTINUE READING
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