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Christina Bergmann

How do infants begin learning words?
Within the first two years, infants take large steps towards becoming a native speaker. Among their remarkable accomplishments is that they start making sense of a difficult signal. To imagine what problem they face, try listening to a conversation in a language you don't speak. Even counting the words is hard.

My research program combines various methods from different disciplines: I use eye tracking to measure infants’ knowledge and language processing. Through observations, questionnaires and corpus analyses I get a better idea about the language infants hear and the interactions and environment that shape their development. I supplement these methods that are very close to the participant with meta-analyses and computational modeling.

Typically, we test the infant or investigate mother-infant interaction. My research aims to look at the bigger picture, tracing differences in individual abilities to recognize and learn words back to infants' everyday environment and the people that shape them, including the child herself.

Function: Research Staff
Member of: Language Development Department
Last checked 2018-05-02

Christina Bergmann

Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
PO Box 310
6500 AH Nijmegen
The Netherlands