Recent Findings about Language Acquisition

Jean‐Rémy Hochmann and Jacques Mehler

in Rich Languages From Poor Inputs

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199590339
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745041 | DOI:
Recent Findings about Language Acquisition

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This chapter presents novel data, framed by theoretical explanations, that bring linguistics and cognitive science closer together and help explain the basic processes of language acquisition. It reviews the hypothesis that infants use low-level cues to try to segregate the input into two categories. Once these categories become available they tend to be used for different functions. It presents two cases showing that infants have a tendency to apply a binary categorization of the different continua carried by speech. Once these two categories are established, each one becomes functional in acquiring language.

Keywords: linguistics; cognitive science; language learning; infants; speech

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Subjects: Linguistics

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