Professor Paula Fikkert
Radboud University, The Netherlands
Title: First language acquisition. What's production got to do with it?
Children learn to recognize words fast and reliably despite noise and variation in the input. They do this by extracting relevant phonetic features from the input and matching these onto phonological representations of words stored in the mind. How they learn to do this? Over the last four decades we have learned that infants are amazingly good at phonetic learning. However, our understanding of what happens when children construct their mental lexicon, which requires phonological learning, is as yet poor.
Phonological learning involves the construction of invariant phonological representations of words that are both abstract enough to allow fast recognition and handle phonetic, phonological and morphological variation automatically, and detailed enough to keep lexical items distinct. Moreover, these same phonological representations are used to initiate articulation for production.
Typically, it is assumed that perception precedes production, but in this talk I want to focus on the role of production for perception by addressing perception in children with a cleft palate in comparison to that of typically developing children.
The presentation will be held in room 3.G.55, Bankstown campus. Online video streaming of this seminar is available for Western Sydney University staff and students.
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