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C03: Effects of variable input on word learning and word recognition in infants

This project investigates effects of variable input on the establishment of phonological word representations in first language acquisition. Experiments with 14-month-old children will study word learning under different conditions of variability testing the hypothesis that only specific types of variability foster the recognition of phonologically relevant acoustic dimensions in the speech signal. Stimuli will be used that a) follow or violate relations of covariability between different phonetic dimensions as observed in natural language and that b) provide or do not provide informative phonetically variable contexts. Measurements of pupil dilation and eye movement patterns during word processing will be obtained.

Staff

Prof. Dr. Barbara Höhle

PI C03

 

Campus Golm
Department Linguistics
House 14, Room 2.28
Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse 24-25
14476 Potsdam

Prof. Dr. Adamantios Gafos

PI C03

 

Campus Golm
Department Linguistics
House 14, Room 3.15/3.16
Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse 24-25
14476 Potsdam

Dr. Natalie Boll-Avetisyan

 

Campus Golm
Department Linguistics
House 14, Room 1.40
Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse 24-25
14476 Potsdam

Marc Hullebus

 

Campus Golm
Department Linguistics
House 14, Room 3.28
Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse 24-25
14476 Potsdam

Publications with scientific quality assurance

AuthorsYearTitelWhereProjectLink
Bhatara, A., Boll-Avetisyan, N., Höhle, B., & Nazzi, T.2018Early sensitivity and acquisition of prosodic patterns at the lexical level.
N. Esteve-Gibert & P. Prieto (Eds.), The Development of Prosody in First Language Acquisition (pp. 37-57). Amsterdam: John Benjamins. doi:10.1075/tilar.23.03bhaC03
Boll-Avetisyan, N.2018The role of phonological structure in speech segmentation by infants and adults: a review and methodological considerations.
C. Ulbrich, A. Werth, & R. Wiese (Eds.), Empirical Approaces to the Phonological Structure of Words (pp. 213-240). Berlin, Boston: de Gruyter. doi:10.1515/9783110542899-009C03
Tobin, S., Hullebus, M., & Gafos, A.2018Immediate phonetic convergence in a cue-distractor paradigm.he Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 144 (6), EL528 (2018). doi:10.1121/1.5082984C03

Other publications

AuthorsYearTitelWhereProjectLink
Boll-Avetisyan, N., Nixon, J., Lentz, T., Liu, L., van Ommen, S., Coltekin, C., & van Rij, J.2018Neural response development during distributional learning.Proceedings of Interspeech 2018 (pp.1432-1436). Hyderabad, India. doi:10.21437/Interspeech.2018-2072C03[Download]
Hullebus, M., Tobin, S., & Gafos, A.2018Speaker-specific structure in German voiceless stop voice onset times.Proceedings of Interspeech 2018 (pp.1403-1407). Hyderabad, India. doi: 10.21437/Interspeech.2018-2288C03[Download]
Nixon, J., Boll-Avetisyan, N., Lentz, T.O., van Ommen, S., Keij, B., Çöltekin, Ç., Liu, L., & van Rij, J.2018Short-term exposure enhances perception of both between- and within-category acoustic information.Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2018 (pp. 114-118). doi:10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-23C03[Download]

Invited talks & presentations

AuthorsYearTitelWhereProjectLink
Boll-Avetisyan, N.2018How short-term exposure alters the sensitivity to a non-native phonetic contrast: Novel insights from ERP and behavioral measures.Invited talk at the Linguistisches Kolloquium, Phillips-Universität Marburg, Marburg, Germany. 05 December. C03
Boll-Avetisyan, N.2018Determinants of variability and consistency in prosody perception.Invited talk at the Linguistisches Kolloquium, Universität Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany. 28 November. C03
Boll-Avetisyan, N.2018We got the beat: The role of innate biases and input factors in prosody acquisition.
Invited talk at the 40. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft. Kurz AG 14: Variable perception and production correlates for word stress in first language acquisition and child second language learning, Stuttgart, Germany. 07 - 09 March.C03
Boll-Avetisyan, N.2017Early infancy predictors of later language performance.
Invited talk at the Exploratory Workshop on Early Language Assessment, Neuchâtel, Switzerland. 11 - 14 September. C03
Boll-Avetisyan, N. & Fritzsche, T.2018Segmentation of vowel-initial words from continuous speech in infancy.
Poster presented at the International Congress of Infant Studies (ICIS 2018 - Building Bridges), Philadelphia, USA. 30 June - 03 July. C03
Boll-Avetisyan, N., Fritzsche, T., & Jäkel, C.2017Recognition of vowel-initial words in continuous speech at 11 months: Evidence from German.
Paper presented at the 2nd Lancaster International Conference on Infant and Early Child Development (LCICD 2017), University of Lancaster, Lancaster, GB. 23 - 25 August.C03
Boll-Avetisyan, N., van Ommen, S., Nazzi, T., & Höhle, B.2018Lexical stress discrimination by simultaneous and late bilinguals.Poster presented at the  International Symposium on Bilingualism and Cognition 2018, Birla Institute of Technology & Science Pilani – KK Birla Campus Goa, India. 01 - 03 November. C03
Boll-Avetisyan, N., van Ommen, S., Nazzi, T., & Höhle, B.2018Categorical perception of lexical stress in French L2 learners of German: Effects of musical acuity.
Poster presented at the 43rd Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development, Boston, USA. 02 - 04 November. C03
Boll-Avetisyan, N., van Ommen, S., Nazzi, T., & Höhle, B.2018Stress “deafness” can be overcome: Evidence from Second language learners.
Paper presented at the 28th Conference of the European Second Language Association (EUROSLA 2018), Münster, Germany. 05 - 08 September. C03
Boll-Avetisyan, N., van Ommen, S., Nazzi, T., & Höhle, B.2018Categorical perception of lexical stress by simultaneous and late bilinguals.
Paper presented at the LabPhon16 - Variation, development and impairment: Between phonetics and phonology, University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal. 19 - 22 June. C03
Dimitriadis, A., Boll-Avetisyan, N., & Fritzsche, T.2017Measuring the learnability of morphological paradigms: An experimental study.
Paper presented at the Conference on Interdisciplinary Approaches to Linguistic Theory (CIALT-1), University of Crete, Rethymno, Greece. 06 - 08 October. C03
Dimitriadis, A., Boll-Avetisyan, N., & Fritzsche, T.2017An experimental study of the learnability advantage of agglutinative over fusional morphology.
Paper presented at the Societas Linguistica Europaea, Zurich, Switzerland. 10 - 13 September. C03
Fritzsche, T.,  Gafos, A., & Höhle, B.2018Is any type of input variability beneficial for mapping novel words to objects in 14-month-old infants?
Paper presented at the 3rd Lancaster International Conference on Infant and Early Child Development (LCICD 2018), Lancaster University, Lancaster, GB. 5-7 September. C03
Fritzsche, T., Gafos, A., & Höhle, B.2018The beneficial role of variability for acquiring novel words: A habituation study with 14-month-old German-learning children.
Poster presented at the LabPhon16 - Variation, development and impairment: Between phonetics and phonology, University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal. 19 - 22 June. C03
Gilein, A., Marimon, M., Boll-Avetisyan, N., & Höhle, B.2018Electrophysiological evidence for categorical perception of word stress.Poster presented at the MMN2018: 8th Mismatch Negativity Conference “MMN from ba­sic science to clin­ical ap­plic­a­tions” University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland. 12 - 15 June. C03
Höhle, B.2017Phonological information in language development and language processing: How to find phonological stability in a sea of sound.Invited talk at the Laboratoire Psychologie de la Perception, Université Paris Descatres, Paris, France. MarchC03
Höhle, B., Fritzsche, T., & Gafos, A.2018Input variability in learning novel object-label pairs: How specific are beneficial effects?Poster presented at the International Congress of Infant Studies (ICIS 2018 - Building Bridges), Philadelphia, USA. 30 June - 03 July. C03