During every LOT school there is a public lecture in honour of Henk Schultink. The speaker this year is Sharon Peperkamp. This public lecture will take place on Wednesday 9 January from 14.00 until 15.00 in room 1.05 at the P.C. Hoofthuis. Note that the Wednesday afternoon classes are scheduled an hour later than normal because of this event.
An interactive view of infants’ early language acquisition
Sharon Peperkamp (Laboratoire de Sciences Cognitives et Psycholinguistique, Paris)
Decades of research have shown that before they begin to talk, infants acquire important aspects of the phonology of their native language, develop word segmentation skills, and start to build a lexicon. The rapidity of this acquisition is intriguing, and the underlying learning mechanisms are still largely unknown. For a long time, early language acquisition was thought to follow a bottom-up scenario: from the acoustic signal, infants would first acquire the basics of their native phonology and then start learning words. More recently, however, an interactive view has emerged, according to which early phonological and lexical learning largely proceed in tandem. Drawing on both experimental and modeling work, I will review recent research and illustrate specifically how both bottom-up and top-down cues contribute to infants’ acquisition of phonetic categories and phonological rules.