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Skewing the evidence: The effect of input structure on child and adult learning of lexically based patterns in an artificial language

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Successful language acquisition requires both generalization and lexically based learning. Previous research suggests that this is achieved, at least in part, by tracking distributional statistics at and above the level of lexical items. We explored this learning using a semi-artificial language learning paradigm with 6-year-olds and adults, looking at learning of co-occurrence relationships between (meaningless) particles and English nouns. Both age groups showed stronger lexical learning (a...

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Peer reviewed
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10.1016/j.jml.2017.01.005

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St Johns College
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Journal of Memory and Language Journal website
Volume:
95
Pages:
36-38
Publication date:
2017-05-05
Acceptance date:
2017-01-27
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1096-0821
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pubs:673483
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uri:b3af2042-b234-493b-80c2-58dfdcb09758
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uuid:b3af2042-b234-493b-80c2-58dfdcb09758
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