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vocal production and novel word learning in the first year

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  • Marinella Majorano
  • Tamara Bastianello
  • Marika Morelli
  • Manuela Lavelli
  • Marilyn Vihman


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JournalJournal of Child Language
DateAccepted/In press - 15 Nov 2018
DateE-pub ahead of print - 11 Jan 2019
DatePublished (current) - 31 May 2019
Number of pages10
Pages (from-to)606-616
Early online date11/01/19
Original languageEnglish


Previous studies have demonstrated an effect of early vocal production on infants’ speech processing and lexical advance. This study focuses on the relationship between vocal production and new word learning. Thirty monolingual Italian-learning infants were recorded at about 11 months, to establish the extent of their consonant production. In parallel, the infants were trained on novel word-object pairs, two consisting of early-learned consonants (ELC), two consisting of late-learned consonants (LLC). Word learning was assessed through Preferential Looking. The results suggest that vocal production supports word learning: Only children with higher, consistent consonant production attended more to the trained ELC images.

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