You are invited to the next talk of the Cognitive Science of Language lecture series organized by McMaster’s Department of Linguistics and Languages. The lecture will be delivered online by Dr. Tania Zamuner, Professor in the Department of Linguistics, Director of Child Language Research Centre, University of Ottawa and Belen Lopez, PhD candidate in the Department of Linguistics, University of Ottawa.
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Title: The influence of speech production on language learning: The production effect
To communicate using speech, one needs to learn how language is produced. Speaking has many layers and this knowledge builds throughout childhood, such as knowing how sounds are articulated. Many researchers study children’s speech for insights into how language is acquired; however, little work has looked at the effect of children’s own productions on language development. How might children’s own productions impact learning? Many of us probably have the intuition that saying a new word aloud will improve learning. However the picture is far from simple and the effect of production on learning is not straightforward. While producing words has been shown to benefit learning and memorization, labeled the production effect, new research indicates that in some cases, production actually disrupts learning. In this talk, we will provide an overview of findings on the production effect across the lifespan, and discuss how the direction of the production effect can depend on task, additional, linguistic and experience related factors
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- Linguistics & Languages
- language development
- speech production