International Conference on Auditory-Visual Speech Processing 2008

Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Resort, Moreton Island, Queensland, Australia
September 26-29, 2008

Audiovisual Alignment in Child-Directed Speech Facilitates Word Learning

Alexandra Jesse (1), Elizabeth K. Johnson (2)

(1) Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
(2) Department of Psychology, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

Adult-to-child interactions are often characterized by prosodically-exaggerated speech accompanied by visually captivating co-speech gestures. In a series of adult studies, we have shown that these gestures are linked in a sophisticated manner to the prosodic structure of adults' utterances. In the current study, we use the Preferential Looking Paradigm to demonstrate that two-year-olds can use the alignment of these gestures to speech to deduce the meaning of words.

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Bibliographic reference.  Jesse, Alexandra / Johnson, Elizabeth K. (2008): "Audiovisual alignment in child-directed speech facilitates word learning", In AVSP-2008, 101-106.