This research was supported by funding from SSHRC awarded to SC and SG, and funding from NSERC, the Canada Research Chairs program, and the Canada Foundation for Innovation awarded to SG. HM was supported by graduate funding from SSHRC. We thank the parents and infants who participated as well as Julie Sedivy, Kimiko Nakanishi, and Amy Nakashima for their assistance with this research.
12-Month-Olds’ Phonotactic Knowledge Guides Their Word–Object Mappings
Version of Record online: 26 APR 2012
© 2012 The Authors. Child Development © 2012 Society for Research in Child Development, Inc.
Volume 83, Issue 4, pages 1129–1136, July/August 2012
How to Cite
MacKenzie, H., Curtin, S. and Graham, S. A. (2012), 12-Month-Olds’ Phonotactic Knowledge Guides Their Word–Object Mappings. Child Development, 83: 1129–1136. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8624.2012.01764.x
- Issue online: 13 JUL 2012
- Version of Record online: 26 APR 2012
This study examined whether 12-month-olds will accept words that differ phonologically and phonetically from their native language as object labels in an associative learning task. Sixty infants were presented with sets of English word–object (N = 30), Japanese word–object (N = 15), or Czech word–object (N = 15) pairings until they habituated. Infants associated CVCV English, CCVC English, and CVCV Japanese words, but not CCVC Czech words, with novel objects. These results demonstrate that by 12 months of age, infants are beginning to apply their language-specific knowledge to their acceptance of word forms. That is, they will not map words that violate the phonotactics of their native language to objects.