C07

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
Campus GolmHaus 14, Raum 2.38
(+49) 331 977-2374
Garcia
Dr. Rowena Garcia
Campus GolmHaus 14, Raum 2.37
(+49) 331 977-2956

Publications

  • Peer-Reviewed: Papers, Journals, Books, Articles of the CRC
  • Talk or Presentation: Talks, Presentations, Posters of the CRC
  • SFB-Related: not produced in connection with the CRC, but are thematically appropriate
  • Other: Papers, Journals, Books, Articles of the CRC, but not peer-reviewed
Author(s)TitleYearPublished inLinksType
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, 2022.Talk or Presentation
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, 2022.Talk or Presentation
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, 2022.Talk or Presentation
Garcia, R., Roeser, J., & Kidd, E.Online data collection to address language sampling bias: lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic.2022Linguistics Vanguard. DOI: 10.1515/lingvan-2021-0040
Peer-Reviewed
Piot, L., Nazi, T., & Boll-Avetisyan, N.Infants' sensitivity to phonotactic regularities related to perceptually low-salient fricatives: a cross-linguistic study.2024Frontiers in Psychology, 15. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2024.1367240
Peer-Reviewed
Aravena-Bravo, P., Cristia, A., Garcia, R., Kotera, H., Kunene Nicolas, R., Laranjo, R., Arokoyo, B., Benavides, S., Benders, T., Boll-Avetisyan, N., Cychosz, M., Dal Ben, R., Diop, Y., Durán-Urzúa, C., Havron, N., Manalili, M., Narasimhan, B., Omane, P., Rowland, C., Kolberg, L., Ssemata, A., Styles, S., Troncoso-Acosta, B., & Woon, F.Towards diversifying early language development research: First Truly Global International Summer/ Winter School on Language Acquisition (/L+/) 20212023Journal of Cognition and Development DOI: 10.1080/15248372.2023.2231083
Peer-Reviewed
Garcia, R., Langus, A., & Boll-Avetisyan, N.Infants’ sensitivity to sonority sequencing: evidence from behavior and pupillary synchronization.2024Paper presented at the Workshop on Infant Language Development (WILD 2024), University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal. 19-21 June.Talk or Presentation
Garcia, R., Lu, Y., & Boll-Avetisyan, N.Limits of variability in infant phonotactic acquisition: A study on the sonority sequencing principle.2023Poster presented at the Many Paths to Language (MPaL) 2023, Max Plank Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands. 25-27 October.Talk or Presentation
Omane, P.O., Boll-Avetisyan, N., & Benders, T.Multilingual infants in Ghana’s ability to use tongue root harmony cues for word segmentation in Akan2024International Conference on Infant Studies (ICIS XXIV), Glasgow, Scotland. 8 - 11 July.Talk or Presentation
Omane, P.O., Boll-Avetisyan, N., & Benders, T.Does exposure to tongue root harmony and non-vowel harmony languages affect perceptual preferences in infants growing up in Africa? Data from multilingual infants in Ghana2023Paper presented at the 54th Annual Conference on African Linguistics (ACAL54), University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, USA. 12-14 June.Talk or Presentation
Omane, P.O., Boll-Avetisyan, N., & Benders, T.How do multilingual infants in Ghana use vowel harmony cues for word segmentation? Effects of exposure to harmonic and non-harmonic languages2023Paper presented at the International Symposium on Bilingualism (ISB14), Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. 26-30 June. Talk or Presentation
Omane, P.O., Benders, T., & Boll-Avetisyan, N.Effects of multilingual exposure to harmonic and non-harmonic languages on perceptual preferences in infants growing up in Africa2022Paper presented at the International Conference on Infant Studies (ICIS XXIII), The Westin Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada. 07-10 July.Talk or Presentation
Omane, P.O., Benders, T., & Boll-Avetisyan, N.Tongue Root harmony acquisition and word segmentation in multilingual infant learners of languages with and without vowel harmony2023Paper presented at the Many Paths to Language (MPaL 2023), Max Plank Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands. 25-27 October.Talk or Presentation
Piot, L., Nazzi, T., & Boll-Avetisyan, N.Infants’ phonotactic sensitivities to regularities involving low-salient fricatives: a cross-linguistic study.2024Paper presented at the Workshop on Infant Language Development (WILD 2024), University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal. 19-21 June. Talk or Presentation
Piot, L., Nazzi, T., & Boll-Avetisyan, N.Auditory phonotactic wellformedness intuitions depend on the nativeness of a speaker’s pronunciation.2024Paper presented at the Linguistic Evidence 2024, University of Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany. 22-23 February.Talk or Presentation
Piot, L., Nazzi, T., & Boll-Avetisyan, N.Wordlikeness intuitions depend on the nativeness of a speaker’s pronunciation.2024LabPhon 19, Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea. 27-29 June.Talk or Presentation
Piot, L., Van Ommen, S., Boll-Avetisyan, N., Schmandt, S., & Nazzi, T.The consonant-bias is influenced by syllabic position in a familiar word recognition conflict task, a cross-linguistic study of German- and French-learning toddlers.2024International Conference on Infant Studies (ICIS XXIV), July 8-11, 2024. Glasgow, ScotlandTalk or Presentation
Garcia, R., & Boll-Avetisyan, N.Phonetic discrimination in Tagalog-learning infants: Testing the influence of acoustic salience.2024International Conference on Infant Studies (ICIS XXIV), Glasgow, Scotland. 8 - 11 July. Talk or Presentation
Barrios, A., & Garcia, R.Filipino Children’s Acquisition of Nominal and Verbal Markers in L1 and L2 Tagalog.2023Languages, 8(3), 188. DOI: 10.3390/languages8030188Peer-Reviewed
Garcia, R., Roeser, J., & Kidd, E.Finding your voice: Voice-specific effects in Tagalog reveal the limits of word order priming.2023Cognition, 236, 105424. DOI: 10.1016/j.cognition.2023.105424Peer-Reviewed
Pizarro-Guevara, J. S., & Garcia, R.Philippine Psycholinguistics.2024Annual Review of Linguistics, 10, 145-167. DOI: 10.1146/annurev-linguistics-031522-102844Peer-Reviewed
Garcia, R., Albert, H. M. D., Bondoc, I. P., & Marzan, J. C. B. Collecting language acquisition data from understudied urban communities: A reply to Cristia et al.2023Journal of Child Language, 50(3), 522-526. DOI: 10.1017/S0305000922000721SFB-Related

Contact:

University of Potsdam Department Linguistics Prof. Dr. Doreen Georgi Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse 24-25 House 14, Room 3.33 14476 Potsdam
(+49) 331 977-2968 doreen.georgi@uni-potsdam.de