The Dynamics of Early Word Learning

Join us for our second LuCiD seminar of the new academic year 2023/24, featuring an in-person talk on Tuesday, 5th December 2023 (11 am UK time - in-person & via Zoom). Dr Chi-hsin Chen (University of Liverpool) will talk about The Dynamics of Early Word Learning.

Abstract: Young children learn about the language(s) they hear at an astonishing rate. An intriguing question that has attracted much attention is how infants and young children learn novel words. Most researchers have been trying to answer this question from one of two different perspectives -- one from the child’s side and the other from the parent’s side. Numerous studies have focused on young learners’ abilities to process or use different types of information to learn the meanings of novel words. Another line of research focuses on the linguistic input provided by parents in early learning environments. In this talk, I will take a dyadic view and present studies using head-mounted eye-tracking techniques to investigate how parents’ and children’s individual and joint behaviors in real-time interaction contribute to early word learning. I will also discuss how children’s sensory experience influences the dynamics of interaction and affects word learning.

How to join the seminar: This seminar will take place in person at the University of Manchester, but we will provide a blended approach for anyone who is unable to attend in person. As always the seminar is free to attend & booking isn't required, just get in touch to request the zoom link and don't forget to join the seminar mailing list

Where to find us on the day: University of Manchester Theatre D, Zochonis Building. The Zochonis Building is number 60 on the campus map. 

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