Collaborative Research Centre 1287 - Limits of Variability in Language: Cognitive, Computational, and Grammatical Aspects

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Effects of variable input on word learning and word recognition in infants

PI(s): Prof. Dr. Barbara Höhle & Prof. Dr. Adamantios Gafos

Spoken language does not provide a one-to-one relation between properties of the acoustic signal and abstract symbolic representations. This raises the question of how infants can detect the lexically relevant phonetic dimensions in their speech input. This project evaluates the hypothesis that acoustic variability is essential for the establishment of stability in phonemic categories during language development. We will pursue this hypothesis by considering the effects of different types of variability on word learning and speech perception, taking into account data-driven learning mechanisms that support the lexical development in the individual.

Members

Gafos

Prof. Dr. Adamantios Gafos

Universität PotsdamCampus GolmDepartment LinguistikKarl-Liebknecht-Strasse 24-25, Haus 14, Raum 3.15/3.1614476 Potsdam
(+49) 331 977-2777E-MailLink
Höhle

Prof. Dr. Barbara Höhle

Universität PotsdamCampus GolmDepartment LinguistikKarl-Liebknecht-Strasse 24-25, Haus 14, Raum 2.1114476 Potsdam
(+49) 331 977-2948E-MailLink | Link
Hullebus

Marc Hullebus

Universität PotsdamCampus GolmDepartment LinguistikKarl-Liebknecht-Strasse 24-25, Haus 14, Raum 3.2814476 Potsdam
(+49) 331 977-2374E-Mail
Langus

Dr. phil. Alan Langus

Universität PotsdamCampus GolmDepartment LinguistikKarl-Liebknecht-Strasse 24-25, Haus 14, Raum 2.3714476 Potsdam
(+49) 331 977-2916E-Mail

Publications

Author(s)TitleYearPublished inDOILinksTypeProject
Höhle, B., Fritzsche, T., Mess, K., Philipp, M. & Gafos, A.Only the right noise? Effects of phonetic and visual input variability on 14-month-olds' minimal pair word learning.2020Developmental Science, 23(5), e12950.LinkPaper Peer-ReviewedC03
Höhle, B., Bijeljac-Babic, R. & Nazzi, T.Variability and stability in early language acquisition: Comparing monolingual and bilingual infants' speech perception and word recognition.2019Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 23(1), 56-71.LinkPaper Peer-ReviewedC03
Boll-Avetisyan, N., Bhatara, A. & Höhle, B.Processing of Rhythm in Speech and Music in Adult Dyslexia.2020Brain Sciences, 10(5), 261.LinkPaper Peer-ReviewedC03
Höhle, B., Fritzsche, T., Boll-Avetisyan, N., Hullebus, M. & Gafos, A. I.Respect the surroundings: Effects of phonetic context variability on infants' learning of minimal pairs.2021Journal of the Acoustical Society of America: Express Letters, 1(2), 024401.LinkPaper Peer-ReviewedC03
Tobin, S., Hullebus, M. & Gafos, A. I.Immediate phonetic convergence in a cue-distractor paradigm.2018The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 144(6), EL528.LinkPaper Peer-ReviewedC03
Hullebus, M., Tobin, S. & Gafos, A.Speaker-specific structure in German voiceless stop voice onset times.2018Proceedings of Interspeech 2018 (pp.1403-1407). Hyderabad, India.LinkOtherC03
Bhatara, A., Boll-Avetisyan, N., Höhle, B. & Nazzi, T.Early sensitivity and acquisition of prosodic patterns at the lexical level.2018N. Esteve-Gibert & P. Prieto (Eds.), The Development of Prosody in First Language Acquisition (pp. 37-57). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.LinkSFB-RelatedC03
Boll-Avetisyan, N.The role of phonological structure in speech segmentation by infants and adults: a review and methodological considerations.2018C. Ulbrich, A. Werth, & R. Wiese (Eds.), Empirical Approaces to the Phonological Structure of Words (pp. 213-240). Berlin, Boston: de Gruyter.LinkSFB-RelatedC03
Boll-Avetisyan, N., Nixon, J., Lentz, T., Liu, L., van Ommen, S., Coltekin, C. & van Rij, J.Neural response development during distributional learning.2018Proceedings of Interspeech 2018 (pp.1432-1436). Hyderabad, India.LinkSFB-RelatedC03
Junge, C., Boll-Avetisyan, N. & Benders, T.Speech Perception and discrimination: from sounds to words.2019In J. Horst & J. von Koss Torkildsen (Eds.), International Handbook of Language Acquisition (pp. 153-172). New York: Routledge.SFB-RelatedC03
Nixon, J., Boll-Avetisyan, N., Lentz, T.O., van Ommen, S., Keij, B., Çöltekin, Ç., Liu, L. & van Rij, J.Short-term exposure enhances perception of both between- and within-category acoustic information.2018Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2018 (pp. 114-118).LinkSFB-RelatedC03
Boll-Avetisyan, N.How short-term exposure alters the sensitivity to a non-native phonetic contrast: Novel insights from ERP and behavioral measures.2018Invited talk at the Linguistisches Kolloquium, Phillips-University Marburg, Marburg, Germany. 05 December.Talk or PresentationC03
Boll-Avetisyan, N.Determinants of variability and consistency in prosody perception.2018Invited talk at the Linguistisches Kolloquium, University of Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany. 28 November.Talk or PresentationC03
Boll-Avetisyan, N.We got the beat: The role of innate biases and input factors in prosody acquisition.2018Invited talk at the 40. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft. Kurz AG 14: Variable perception and production correlates for word stress in first language acquisition and child second language learning, Stuttgart, Germany. 07 - 09 March.Talk or PresentationC03
Boll-Avetisyan, N.Early infancy predictors of later language performance.2017Invited talk at the Exploratory Workshop on Early Language Assessment, Neuchâtel, Switzerland. 11 - 14 September.Talk or PresentationC03
Boll-Avetisyan, N. & Fritzsche, T.Segmentation of vowel-initial words from continuous speech in infancy.2018Poster presented at the International Congress of Infant Studies (ICIS 2018 - Building Bridges), Philadelphia, PA, USA. 30 June - 03 July.Paper Talk or PresentationC03
Boll-Avetisyan, N., Fritzsche, T. & Jäkel, C.Recognition of vowel-initial words in continuous speech at 11 months: Evidence from German.2017Paper presented at the 2nd Lancaster International Conference on Infant and Early Child Development (LCICD 2017), Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK. 23 - 25 August.Talk or PresentationC03
Boll-Avetisyan, N., van Ommen, S., Nazzi, T. & Höhle, B.Lexical stress discrimination by simultaneous and late bilinguals.2018Poster presented at the International Symposium on Bilingualism and Cognition 2018, Birla Institute of Technology & Science Pilani - KK Birla Campus Goa, Goa, India. 01 - 03 November.Paper Talk or PresentationC03
Boll-Avetisyan, N., van Ommen, S., Nazzi, T. & Höhle, B.Categorical perception of lexical stress in French L2 learners of German: Effects of musical acuity.2018Poster presented at the 43rd Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development, Boston, MA, USA. 02 - 04 November.Paper Talk or PresentationC03
Boll-Avetisyan, N., van Ommen, S., Nazzi, T. & Höhle, B.Stress “deafness” can be overcome: Evidence from Second language learners.2018Paper presented at the 28th Conference of the European Second Language Association (EUROSLA 2018), Münster, Germany. 05 - 08 September.Talk or PresentationC03
Boll-Avetisyan, N., van Ommen, S., Nazzi, T. & Höhle, B.Categorical perception of lexical stress by simultaneous and late bilinguals.2018Paper presented at the LabPhon16 - Variation, development and impairment: Between phonetics and phonology, University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal. 19 - 22 June.Talk or PresentationC03
Brown, J. M. M. & Boll-Avetisyan, N.Artificial language learning experiments for testing the learnability of possible and impossible syntactic structures and previous exposure bias.2019Paper presented at the 3rd RTANJ-Workshop, Rtanj Mountain, Serbia. 04-07 July.Paper Talk or PresentationC01, C03
Dimitriadis, A., Boll-Avetisyan, N. & Fritzsche, T.Measuring the learnability of morphological paradigms: An experimental study.2017Paper presented at the Conference on Interdisciplinary Approaches to Linguistic Theory (CIALT-1), University of Crete, Rethymnon, Greece. 06 - 08 October.Talk or PresentationC03
Dimitriadis, A., Boll-Avetisyan, N. & Fritzsche, T.An experimental study of the learnability advantage of agglutinative over fusional morphology.2017Paper presented at the Societas Linguistica Europaea, Zurich, Switzerland. 10 - 13 September.Talk or PresentationC03
Fritzsche, T., Boll-Avetisyan, N., Hullebus, M., Gafos, A. I. & Höhle, B.How brief exposure to varying phonetic contexts can enhance minimal pair word learning in 14-month-old children.2020Poster presented at the International Congress of Infant Studies (vICIS), Glasgow, Scotland, UK. 06-09 July.Paper Talk or PresentationC03
Fritzsche, T., Boll-Avetisyan, N., Hullebus, M., Gafos, A. I. & Höhle, B.Give me more! Increasing relevant acoustic variability aids 14-month-old children in learning minimal pairs.2020Poster presented at the 17th Biennial conference of the Association for Laboratory Phonology (LabPhon17), Vancouver, Canada. 06-08 July.Paper Talk or PresentationC03
Fritzsche, T., Boll-Avetisyan, N., Markmann, E., Gafos, A. I. & Höhle, B.The facilitative effect of phonetic context variability on early word learning: A habituation study with 14-month-old children.2020Poster presented at the 10th Budapest CEU Conference on Cognitive Development (BCCCD), Central European University, Budapest, Hungary. 09-11 January.Paper Talk or PresentationC03
Fritzsche, T.,  Gafos, A. I. & Höhle, B.Is any type of input variability beneficial for mapping novel words to objects in 14-month-old infants?2018Paper presented at the 3rd Lancaster International Conference on Infant and Early Child Development (LCICD 2018), Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK. 05 - 07 September.Paper Talk or PresentationC03
Fritzsche, T., Gafos, A. I. & Höhle, B.The beneficial role of variability for acquiring novel words: A habituation study with 14-month-old German-learning children.2018Poster presented at the LabPhon16 - Variation, development and impairment: Between phonetics and phonology, University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal. 19 - 22 June.Paper Talk or PresentationC03
Höhle, B.Phonological information in language development and language processing: How to find phonological stability in a sea of sound.2017Invited talk at the Laboratoire Psychologie de la Perception, Université Paris Descatres, Paris, France. MarchTalk or PresentationC03
Höhle, B., Fritzsche, T. & Gafos, A. I.Input variability in learning novel object-label pairs: How specific are beneficial effects?2018Poster presented at the International Congress of Infant Studies (ICIS 2018 - Building Bridges), Philadelphia, PA, USA. 30 June - 03 July.Paper Talk or PresentationC03
Hullebus, M., Tobin, S. J. & Gafos, A. Speaker-specific structure in German voiceless stop voice onset times.2018Paper presented at the Interspeech 2018, Hyderabad, India. 02 - 06 September.Talk or PresentationC03
Omane, P. O. & Höhle, B.Acquiring Syntactic Variability: The Production of Wh-Questions in Children and Adults Speaking Akan.2021Frontiers in Communication, 6.LinkPaper Peer-ReviewedC03
Marimon, M., Höhle, B. & Langus, A.Pupillary entrainment reveals individual differences in cue weighting in 9-month-old German-learning infants.2022Cognition, 224, 105054.LinkPeer-ReviewedC03
Höhle, B.Not only noise: effects of acoustic variability on the development of phonological categories in early language acquisition.2022Invited talk at the Workshop "Hearing and Linguistics", Carl-von-Ossietzky Universität, Oldenburg, Germany. 13 - 14 May. Talk or PresentationC03