Word Segmentation : The Role of Distributional Cues

@inproceedings{Saffran1996WordS,
  title={Word Segmentation : The Role of Distributional Cues},
  author={Jenny R. Saffran and Elissa L. Newport and Richard N. Aslin},
  year={1996}
}
One of the infant’s first tasks in language acquisition is to discover the words embedded in a mostly continuous speech stream. This learning problem might be solved by using distributional cues to word boundaries—for example, by computing the transitional probabilities between sounds in the language input and using the relative strengths of these probabilities to hypothesize word boundaries. The learner might be further aided by language-specific prosodic cues correlated with word boundaries… CONTINUE READING
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