Vowels in Early Words: An Event-related Potential Study.

Mani, N. and Mills, D.L. and Plunkett, K. (2012) Vowels in Early Words: An Event-related Potential Study. Developmental Science, 15 ((1)). pp. 2-11. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-7687.2011.01092.x

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Previous behavioural research suggests that infants possess phonologically detailed representations of the vowels and consonants in familiar words. These tasks examine infants� sensitivity to mispronunciations of a target label in the presence of a target and distracter image. Sensitivity to the mispronunciation may, therefore, be contaminated by the degree of mismatch between the distracter label and the heard mispronounced label. Event-related potential (ERP) studies allow investigation of infants� sensitivity to the relationship between a heard label (correct or mispronounced) and the referent alone using single picture trials. ERPs also provide information about the timing of lexico-phonological activation in infant word recognition. The current study examined 14-month-olds� sensitivity to vowel mispronunciations of familiar words using ERP data from single picture trials. Infants were presented with familiar images followed by a correct pronunciation of its label, a vowel mispronunciation or a phonologically unrelated non-word. The results support and extend previous behavioural findings that 14-month-olds are sensitive to mispronunciations of the vowels in familiar words using an ERP task. We suggest that the presence of pictorial context reinforces infants� sensitivity to mispronunciations of words, and that mispronunciation sensitivity may rely on infants accessing the cross-modal associations between word forms and their meanings.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Research Publications
Departments: College of Health and Behavioural Sciences > School of Psychology
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2014 16:57
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2015 03:17
ISSN: 1363-755X
URI: http://e.bangor.ac.uk/id/eprint/1554
Identification Number: DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-7687.2011.01092.x
Publisher: Wiley
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