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Title: The facilitatory role of sound symbolism in infant word learning
Authors: Miyazaki, Michiko
Hidaka, Shohei
Imai, Mutsumi
Yeung, H. Henny
Kantartzis, Katerina
Okada, Hiroyuki
Kita, Sotaro
Keywords: Sound symbolism
Word learning
Iconicity of language
Origin of language
Multisensory mapping
Bayesian analysis
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Cognitive Science Society
Magazine name: Proceedings of The Thirty Fifth Annual Meeting of Cognitive Science Society
Start page: 3080
End page: 3085
Abstract: Sound symbolism or the nonarbitrary link between language sound and meaning are commonly found across many languages of the world. A well-known example is the association between rounded vs. angular shapes and labels (i.e., Köhler, 1929/1947). Previous research has shown that sound symbolic words play facilitative role for preschool children’s novel verb learning, helping children identify what aspects of motion events should be mapped to verbs. In this research, we explore whether sound symbolism may facilitate language learning in human infants who have just begun to learn word meanings. Sound symbolism may be a useful cue particularly at the earliest stages of word learning, because this cue seems to be available without needing prior word learning experience. Using a habituation paradigm and a Bayesian model-based analysis, we demonstrated that 14-month-old infants could detect Köhler-type (1947) shape-sound symbolism, and could use this sensitivity in their effort to establish the word-referent association.
Rights: Copyright (C) 2013 Authors. Michiko Miyazaki, Shohei Hidaka, Mutsumi Imai, H. Henny Yeung, Katerina Kantartzis, Hiroyuki Okada, Sotaro Kita, Proceedings of The Thirty Fifth Annual Meeting of Cognitive Science Society, 2013, 3080-3085.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10119/11462
Material Type: publisher
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