Word Frequency Influences Sound-Meaning-Associations  

Eeva Koponen

Proceedings of the XIIIth Swedish Phonetics Conference (FONETIK 2000) Skövde, Sweden, May 24-26, 2000: 81-84.


The infant's ability to establish correspondences between target-words in an artificial language and their referent objects was examined in Swedish five to fifteen month-olds. The 'Visual Preference' paradigm was used in three experimental conditions implemented by video films showing objects along with matched presentation of sentences of different degrees of complexity: one highly variable speech sample and two low-variability speech samples matched to counterbalanced video presentations. The results showed significant between-group differences suggesting that the target-words in the low variability nonsense phrases were successfully associated with the referenced objects.

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