What predicts how quickly children learn words?
- Caroline Rowland
- Thursday 15 November 2018
2311 BD Leiden
In this talk, I will present data from computational modelling, corpus analysis and from the multi-method Language05 project to explore why children differ in the speed with which they build their lexicon in the first two years of life. I will describe three studies that show how input diversity, early communicative abilities, and processing abilities contribute to individual differences in vocabulary growth. The talk illustrates how we are starting to build a picture of what kinds of learning mechanisms may underpin vocabulary development, and how these mechanisms parse incoming information from the child's environment.