Successful word recognition by 10-month-olds given continuous
speech both at initial exposure and test
Junge, C., Cutler, A., & Hagoort, P.
Successful word recognition by 10-month-olds given continuous speech both at initial exposure and test. Infancy, 19
(2), 179-193. doi:10.1111/infa.12040.
Most words that infants hear occur within fluent speech. To compile a
vocabulary, infants therefore need to segment words from speech contexts.
This study is the first to investigate whether infants (here: 10-month-olds)
can recognize words when both initial exposure and test presentation are in
continuous speech. Electrophysiological evidence attests that this indeed
occurs: An increased extended negativity (word recognition effect) appears
for familiarized target words relative to control words. This response proved
constant at the individual level: Only infants who showed this negativity at
test had shown such a response, within six repetitions after first occurrence,