How Infants Acquire New Words Across Cultures

in 2013, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, Sargent College, Sudha Arunachalam
October 18th, 2013

arnachalamThe Hearing Review
Sudha Arunachalam, College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College

Infants show strong universals as they acquire their native language, but a recent study with infants acquiring Korean also reveals that there are striking language differences…

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“Almost all of the research on infants acquiring these “verb-friendly” languages has looked at the nouns and verbs that they produce in their daily lives. By using an experimental method instead, our approach lets us watch infants acquire new words, so we can get real insight into the mental processes that are at work during learning.”

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