Sound Symbolism Facilitates Word Learning in 14-Month-Olds

  title={Sound Symbolism Facilitates Word Learning in 14-Month-Olds},
  author={Mutsumi Imai and Michiko Miyazaki and H. Henny Yeung and Shohei Hidaka and Katerina Kantartzis and Hiroyuki Okada and Sotaro Kita},
  booktitle={PloS one},
Sound symbolism, or the nonarbitrary link between linguistic sound and meaning, has often been discussed in connection with language evolution, where the oral imitation of external events links phonetic forms with their referents (e.g., Ramachandran & Hubbard, 2001). In this research, we explore whether sound symbolism may also facilitate synchronic language learning in human infants. Sound symbolism may be a useful cue particularly at the earliest developmental stages of word learning, because… CONTINUE READING