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Mécanismes d'apprentissage de nouveaux mots dans un contexte audiovisuel

Abstract : This work sought to better understand the cognitive mechanisms underlying language acquisition. We hypothesized that alongside statistical learning mechanisms, attentional and working memory mechanisms are necessary for an infant to select and maintain the relevant information in memory which are presented in the speech signal. Visual attention, especially looking at the mouth of the speaker, could play an important role in word learning. We assumed taking advantage of the important information provided by the mouth is limited by the immaturity of attentional mechanisms and working memory. French infants (20-28 months) were tested in how well they learned new word-object associations. The eye tracking technique was used to monitor the infant’s visual exploration of a talking face as well as their performance in the tests. Not all of our hypotheses could be verified given our relatively small sample size. Most of the results were not statistically significant. Further studies with a bigger sample size are recommended to re-examine the results.
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Christine Nies. Mécanismes d'apprentissage de nouveaux mots dans un contexte audiovisuel. Sciences de l'Homme et Société. 2020. ⟨dumas-03007337⟩

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