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

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Limits of variability in phonotactic acquisition due to universal biases

PI(s): Prof. Dr. Natalie Boll-Avetisyan

This project aims at disentangling to what extent phonotactic acquisition is experience-dependent, leading to variability across infants with different language experiences (learning different or multiple languages), and to what extent experience-independent universal biases might place a limit on this acquisition. To this end, we will compare infants growing up mono- or bilingually with German and/or Russian, two phonotactically distinct languages. We will conduct corpus-based lexical statistics to understand what phonotactic input the infants receive, and eye-tracking experiments to test whether the infants’ phonotactic listening preferences are shaped by universal biases beyond their language experience conditions.

Members

Boll-Avetisyan

Prof. Dr. Natalie Boll-Avetisyan

Universität PotsdamCampus GolmDepartment LinguistikKarl-Liebknecht-Strasse 24-25, Haus 14, Raum 2.3814476 Potsdam
(+49) 331 977-2374E-MailLink | Link
Garcia

Dr. Rowena Garcia

Universität PotsdamCampus GolmDepartment LinguistikKarl-Liebknecht-Strasse 24-25, Haus 14, Raum 2.3714476 Potsdam

Publications

Author(s)TitleYearPublished inDOILinksTypeProject
Garcia, R. & Boll-Avetisyan, N.Infant-directed speech might be tailored for learning phonotactics.2022Paper presented at the 23rd International Congress of Infant Studies, Ottawa, Canada. 07 - 10 July.Talk or PresentationC07
Garcia, R. & Boll-Avetisyan, N.Infant-directed speech might be tailored for learning phonotactic principles.2022Paper presented at the 18th Conference on Laboratory Phonology (Online). 23 - 25 June.Talk or PresentationC07
Garcia, R. & Boll-Avetisyan, N.Infant-directed speech supports phonotactic learning in German.2022Paper presented at the Workshop on Infant Language Development, San Sebastián, Spain. 09 - 11 June.Talk or PresentationC07
Garcia, R., Roeser, J., & Kidd, E.Online data collection to address language sampling bias: lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic.2022Linguistics Vanguard.LinkPeer-ReviewedC07