Category: Sudha Arunachalam

Helping toddlers acquire language: Understanding verb meanings

June 12th, 2014 in 2014, Examiner.com, Newsmakers, Sargent College, Sudha Arunachalam 0 comments

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Sudha Arunachalam, College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College

A new study from Chicago’s Northwestern University provides clues to how toddlers acquire an understanding of verb meanings…

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“The results offer two insights. First, by age 2, toddlers have the remarkable ability to learn new verbs with very little exposure and apply them in novel contexts. Second, presenting the verbs in complete sentences supports the toddlers’ abilities to do so. These findings highlight the positive impact that rich communication can have on 2-year-olds’ burgeoning linguistic abilities.”

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Infants easily acquire new words across cultures

December 5th, 2013 in 2013, Blogs, Newsmakers, School of Medicine, Sudha Arunachalam 0 comments

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Sudha Arunachalam, School of Medicine

According to study conducted at Northwestern University proves that infants acquire and learn different languages very easily…

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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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Toddlers can understand words just by hearing them

November 17th, 2013 in 2013, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, Sargent College, Sudha Arunachalam 0 comments

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Sudha Arunachalam, College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College

Toddlers may be able to establish meanings of new words just by overhearing them, scientists, including one of Indian-origin, have found…

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“The only information provided was linguistic. Our goal was to determine whether 2-year-olds, on hearing new verbs in informative sentences, could use their syntactic content alone to map the novel verbs to meaning, even though no social or visual information was available.”

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How Infants Acquire New Words Across Cultures

October 18th, 2013 in 2013, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, Sargent College, Sudha Arunachalam 0 comments

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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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Who Needs Nouns? How Toddlers Learn to Speak

October 1st, 2013 in 2013, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, Sargent College, Sudha Arunachalam, Time 0 comments

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Sudha Arunachalam, College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College

Children acquire language in very different ways depending on their native tongue. That can make a big difference for kids with learning disabilities…

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“We preserve the action but use a new object in one case and we preserve the object but with a new action in the other.”

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