Recognition and Representation of Function Words in English-Learning Infants

@inproceedings{Shi2006RecognitionAR,
  title={Recognition and Representation of Function Words in English-Learning Infants},
  author={Rushen Shi and Janet F. Werker},
  year={2006}
}
We examined infants’ recognition of functors and the accuracy of the representations that infants construct of the perceived word forms. Auditory stimuli were “Functor + Content Word” versus “Nonsense Functor + Content Word” sequences. Eight-, 11-, and 13-month-old infants heard both real functors and matched nonsense functors (prosodically analogous to their real counterparts but containing a segmental change). Results reveal that 13-month-olds recognized functors with attention to segmental… CONTINUE READING