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Title:
Word comprehension and multilingualism among toddlers: A study using touch screens in daycares
Author:
Laia Fibla: Laboratoire de Sciences Cognitives et Psycholinguistique (ENS, EHESS, CNRS), Département d’Etudes Cognitives, Ecole Normale Sup´erieure, PSL Research University. Paris, France Charlotte Maniel: Laboratoire de Sciences Cognitives et Psycholinguistique (ENS, EHESS, CNRS), Département d’Etudes Cognitives, Ecole Normale Sup´erieure, PSL Research University. Paris, France Alejandrina Cristia: Laboratoire de Sciences Cognitives et Psycholinguistique (ENS, EHESS, CNRS), Département d’Etudes Cognitives, Ecole Normale Sup´erieure, PSL Research University. Paris, France
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Year:
2016
Conference:
Proceedings of the joint workshop on NLP for Computer Assisted Language Learning and NLP for Language Acquisition at SLTC, UmeĂĄ, 16th November 2016
Issue:
130
Article no.:
003
Pages:
18-23
No. of pages:
6
Publication type:
Abstract and Fulltext
Published:
2016-11-15
ISBN:
978-91-7685-633-8
Series:
Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):
1650-3686
ISSN (online):
1650-3740
Publisher:
Linköping University Electronic Press, Linköpings universitet


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Most previous research on young infants’ spoken word comprehension has focused on monolinguals. These results may not generalize to non-monolingual populations because lexical processing may be more intricate for infants exposed to more than one language. Do toddlers learning multiple languages recognize words similarly to their monolingual peers? Answering this question will require extensive efforts, to which we contribute word comprehension data collected through a procedure aiming to be both precise and ecological. French-learning toddlers (N = 38; age range 1;11-3;4) were tested in their daycare, using a French-spoken promptto-picture matching task implemented on a child-friendly touch screen. Our results document some differences in accuracy, but not response time or number of trials completed, among toddlers differing in the number of languages they routinely hear. Additionally, these data suggest that it is feasible to collect good quality data from multiple children tested at once in daycares, opening the path to largerscale studies. Future research could disentangle the many factors that are often empirically confounded with monolingual versus bilingual/multilingual status.

Keywords: Bilingualism, multilingualism, empirical research, tools for investigating language acquisition, lexical comprehension

Proceedings of the joint workshop on NLP for Computer Assisted Language Learning and NLP for Language Acquisition at SLTC, UmeĂĄ, 16th November 2016

Author:
Laia Fibla, Charlotte Maniel, Alejandrina Cristia
Title:
Word comprehension and multilingualism among toddlers: A study using touch screens in daycares
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Proceedings of the joint workshop on NLP for Computer Assisted Language Learning and NLP for Language Acquisition at SLTC, UmeĂĄ, 16th November 2016

Author:
Laia Fibla, Charlotte Maniel, Alejandrina Cristia
Title:
Word comprehension and multilingualism among toddlers: A study using touch screens in daycares
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