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Rebecca Frost

Researcher (Alumni)

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University of Lancaster

A bit about Rebecca Frost

Infants have a remarkable ability to learn language skills from a very early age, even though language learning is a notoriously complex task. This is something I find fascinating, and I am thrilled to be exploring how they do it as part of the LuCiD team. Before joining LuCiD, I completed a PhD in Psychology at Lancaster University, which examined the benefit of sleep for learning different grammatical rules. In the past, I have also collaborated with sleep and language researchers at the University of York.

My Role in LuCiD

I worked as a Senior Research Associate at Lancaster University, on a project which examines the way in which different distributional cues are combined to help solve different tasks in language learning in 8-to-24-month-old children. My project was particularly interested in how infants learn to identify where one word ends and another begins in speech (speech segmentation), and how infants learn that different words belong to different categories.

I currently work as a Research Scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen. My research at the MPI continues to explore the way that learners draw on the distribution of information in the world around them, with a view of increasing our understanding of the way that statistical learning influences language acquisition and language processing. Read my MPI profile for more information. 

LuCiD publications (42) by Rebecca Frost

Dunn, K., Frost, R., Monaghan, P. (2019). The effect of statistical frequency of multiple cues during infant cross-situational learning of word-referent mappings. Poster presented at the Interdisciplinary Advances in Statistical Learning conference. San Sebastian.

Cheung, R., Hartley, C., Dunn, K., Frost, R., Monaghan, P. (2019). The role of gesture in parent teaching and infant word learning. Talk presented at Lancaster Conference on Infant and Child Development (LCICD). Lancaster, UK.

Cheung, R., Hartley, C., Dunn, K., Frost, R., & Monaghan, P. (2019). Environmental effects on parental teaching and infant word learning. Talk presented at the WILD conference. Potsdam, Germany.

Isbilen, E., Frost, R., Monaghan, P., Christiansen, M. (2019). Statistically-based chunking of nonadjacent dependencies. Talk presented at Scandinavian Association for Language and Cognition conference. Aarhus, Denmark.

Isbilen, E., Frost, R., Monaghan, P., & Christiansen, M. (2019). Chunk-based statistical learning of non-adjacent dependencies. Talk presented at the Interdisciplinary Advances in Statistical Learning conference . San Sebastian.

Frost, R., Isbilen, E., Christiansen, M., Monoghan, P. (2019). Testing the limits of non-adjacent dependency learning: Statistical segmentation and generalization across domains. Proceedings of the 41st Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. Montreal, Canada.

Frost, R. L. A., Monaghan, P., & Christiansen, M. H. (2019). Mark my words: High frequency marker words impact early stages of language learning. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition. Advance online publication. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/xlm0000683

Trotter, A., Monaghan, P., Frost, R. (2018). Low-level cues affect the acquisition of hierarchical structure. Paper presented at 26th Conference on Arcitechtures and Mechanisms of Language Processing (AMLaP), Berlin, Germany.

Frost, R., Rowland, C., Durrant, S., Peter, M., Bidgood, A., Monaghan, P. (2018). Statistical learning in infants, and its relationship with language development: A study of nonadjacent dependency learning. Paper presented at 26th Conference on Architectures and Mechanisms of Language Processing (AMLaP), Berlin, Germany.

Monaghan, P., Brand, J., Frost, R. (2018). Resistance to variability from the environment in language learning: Cross situational learnng of words from multiple cues. Paper presented at 26th Conference on Architectures and Mechanisms of Language Processing (AMLap), Berlin, Germany.

Isbilin, E., Frost, R., Monaghan, P., Christiansen, M. (2018). Bridging artificial and natural language learning: Comparing processing- and reflection-based measures of learning. Proceedings of 40th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, 1856-1861. Cognitive Science Society.

Frost, R. L. A., Monaghan, P., & Christiansen, M. H. (2017). Probabilistic use of high frequency words helps language acquisition. Poster presented at the 23rd Annual Conference on Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing (AMLaP), Lancaster, UK.

Trotter, A. S., Monaghan, P., & Frost, R. L. A. (2017). Chained melody: Low-level acoustic cues as a guide to hierarchical structure in comprehension. (1) Poster presented at Interdisciplinary Advances in Statistical Learning, Bilbao, Spain.

Frost, R. L. A. (2017). The role of highly frequent marker words in infants' and adults' language learning: A review. Talk presented at the 3rd LuCiD Annual Mini Conference, Lancaster, UK.

Frost, R. L. A. (2017). The role of highly frequent marker words in infants’ and adults’ language learning: A review. Paper presented at the 3rd LuCiD Annual Mini Conference, Lancaster, UK

Durrant, S., Peter, M., Bidgood, A., Monaghan, P., Frost, R., Bannard, C., Kidd, E., & Rowland, C. (2017). Does variation in infants statistical learning ability predict variation in later vocabulary growth? Lessons learned from the Language 0-5 Project. Paper presented at the European Conference on Developmental Psychology, Utrecht, Holland.

Trotter, A. S., Monaghan, P., & Frost, R. L. A. (2017). Auditory-perceptual Gestalts assist in the processing of hierarchical structure. Poster presented at the 23rd annual AMLaP Conference, Lancaster, UK.

Trotter, A. S., Monaghan, P., & Frost, R. L. A. (2017). Chained Melody: Low-Level acoustic cues as a guide to hierarchical structure in comprehension. Talk presented at Psycholinguistics in Flanders, Leuven, Belgium.

Trotter, A. S., Monaghan, P., & Frost, R. L. A. (2017). Gestalt auditory principles support phrase structure parsing. Talk presented at the 3rd LuCiD Conference, Lancaster, UK.

Frost, R. L. A. & Monaghan, P. (2017). Sleep-Driven Computations in Speech Processing. PLoS ONE 12(1):e0169538.

Trotter, A. S., Frost, R. L. A., & Monaghan, P. (2016). Natural language cues, and the acquisition of artificial grammars. Poster presented at the Fifth Implicit Learning Seminar. Lancaster, UK.

Trotter, A. S., Frost, R. L. A., & Monaghan, P. (2016). Multiple natural language cues assist the processing of hierarchical structure. (1) Poster presented at the 22nd annual AMLaP Conference. Bilbao, Spain.

Trotter, A. S., Frost, R. L. A., & Monaghan, P. (2016). Natural language cues, and the acquisition of artificial grammars. (1) Poster to be presented at the Fifth Implicit Learning Seminar, Lancaster, UK.

Trotter, A. S., Frost, L. A., & Monaghan, P. (2016). Multiple natural language cues assist the processing of hierarchical structure. (4) Poster presented at the 15th annual meeting of Psycholinguistics in Flanders, Antwerp, BE.

Frost, R.L.A. & Monaghan, P. (2016). Simultaneous segmentation and generalisation of non-adjacent dependencies from continuous speech. Cognition, 147, 70-74.

Trotter, A. S., Frost, R. L. A., & Monaghan, P. (2016). Multiple natural language cues assist the processing of hierarchical structure. (3) Poster presented at the 22nd annual AMLaP Conference, Bilbao, ES.

Trotter, A. S., Frost, R. L. A., & Monaghan, P. (2016). Multiple natural language cues assist the processing of hierarchical structure. (2) Poster presented at the Lancaster University Faculty of Sciene and Technology Chistmas Conderece, Lancaster, UK.

Trotter, A. S., Frost. R. L. A., & Monaghan, P. (2016). Multiple natural language cues assist the processing of hierarchical structures. Paper presented at the 2nd LuCiD mini-conference, Manchester, UK.

Trotter, A. S., Frost, L. A., & Monaghan, P. (2016). Multiple natural language cues assist the processing of hierarchical structure. Poster presented at the 15th annual meeting of Psycholinguistics in Flanders. Antwerp: Belgium.

Frost, R. L. A., Monaghan, P., & Christiansen, M. H. (2016). How do high frequency words help language acquisition? Poster session presented at the Experimental Psychology Society's London Meeting, University College London, UK.

Frost, R. L. A., Gomez, R., Visagie, K., Christiansen, M. H., & Monaghan, P (2016). How do high frequency words assist language acquisition in 12-month-olds? Poster presented at the 1st Lancaster Conference on Infant and Child Development, Lancaster, UK.

Frost, R. L. A, Monaghan, P., & Christiansen, M. H. (2016). Using Statistics to Learn Words and Grammatical Categories: How High Frequency Words Assist Language Acquisition. Poster to be presented at the 38th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Philadelphia, PA, USA.

Frost, R. L. A., Monaghan, P., & Tatsumi, T. (2016). Domain-General Mechanisms for Speech Segmentation: The Role of Duration Information in Language Learning. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance. Advance online publication. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/xhp0000325

Frost, R. L. A, Monaghan, P., & Christiansen, M. H. ( (2016). High Frequency Words can Assist Language Acquisition Talk to be presented at the Fifth Implicit Learning Seminar, Lancaster, UK.

Frost, R. L. A., Peter, M., Durrant, S., Bidgood, A., Rowland, C., Monaghan, P. & Christiansen, M. H. (2016). How do infants use nonadjacent dependencies during language development? Poster presented at the XX Biennial International Conference on Infant Studies, New Orleans, LA, USA.

Frost, R. L. A., Peter, M., Durrant, S., Bidgood, A., Rowland, C., Monaghan, P. & Christiansen, M. H. (2016). How do infants use nonadjacent dependencies during language acquisition? Poster to be presented at the Fifth Implicit Learning Seminar. Lancaster, UK.

Frost, R., Peter, M., Durrant, S., Bidgood, A., Rowland, C., Monaghan, P., Christiansen, M. (2016). How do infants use nonadjacent dependencies during language development? (1) Poster presented at Fifth Implicit Learning Seminar Lancaster, UK.

Frost, R., Monaghan, P.. Christiansen, M. (2016). High frequency words assist language acquisition. Poster presented at 22nd Annual Conference on Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing (AMLaP), Bilbao, Spain.

Frost, R. L. A. & Monaghan, P. (2015). Sleep-driven computations in speech processing. Poster presented at the New Directions in Implicit and Explicit Language Learning symposium, Lancaster, UK.

Frost, R. L. A. & Monaghan, P. (2015). Simultaneous segmentation and generalisation of non-adjacent dependencies. Poster presented at Interdisciplinary Advances in Statistical Learning, BCBL, San Sebastian, Spain.

Frost, R. L. A. & Monaghan, P. (2015). How do high frequency words assist language acquisition in infant and adult learners? Talk presented at the First Annual LuCiD Language and Communicative Development Conference. Liverpool, UK.

Frost, R., Twomey, K. E., Taylor, G., Westermann, G. and Monaghan P. (2015). Word for word. Nursery World Magazine, 27 July, 21-23

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