ISCA Archive Interspeech 2008
ISCA Archive Interspeech 2008

Vocal imitation in early language acquisition

Lisa Gustavsson, Francisco Lacerda

This paper presents a study of vocal imitation during the early stages of the language acquisition process. Utterances were extracted from recordings of adult-infant interactions in controlled but naturalistic experimental settings. For each recording session, utterances were used to create pairs of adult-infant samples that were presented to a panel of listeners, whose task was to judge whether the samples in a pair could be considered as imitations of each other or not. The results suggest an age-dependent hierarchy for the impact of different phonetic dimensions on imitation judgments and provide a basis for a quantitative model of vocal imitation.


doi: 10.21437/Interspeech.2008-520

Cite as: Gustavsson, L., Lacerda, F. (2008) Vocal imitation in early language acquisition. Proc. Interspeech 2008, 1976-1979, doi: 10.21437/Interspeech.2008-520

@inproceedings{gustavsson08_interspeech,
  author={Lisa Gustavsson and Francisco Lacerda},
  title={{Vocal imitation in early language acquisition}},
  year=2008,
  booktitle={Proc. Interspeech 2008},
  pages={1976--1979},
  doi={10.21437/Interspeech.2008-520}
}