International Conference on Auditory-Visual Speech Processing 2008
Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Resort,
Moreton Island, Queensland, Australia
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.
Bibliographic reference. Jesse, Alexandra / Johnson, Elizabeth K. (2008): "Audiovisual alignment in child-directed speech facilitates word learning", In AVSP-2008, 101-106.