Internal Seminar: Eva Jimenez "Do Late Talkers Exploit Contextual Diversity Clues as Much as their Peers?"
Title: Do Late Talkers Exploit Contextual Diversity Clues as Much as their Peers?
The dimensional perspective on language delay postulates a spectrum of language ability, where late talkers (children who produce fewer words than expected for their age) are placed between their typically developing peers and children with SLI. Late talkers have been reported to continue having weaker language skills into adolescence (Rescorla 2017). Contextual diversity has been suggested to aid word learning, specifically to help solve the problem of indeterminacy (Hills, Maouene, Riordan, and Smith, 2010). Tomorrow I will talk about our recent findings that suggest a lower ability to detect or exploit contextual diversity clues by late talking toddlers, as indicated by the structure of their semantic networks, the order in which they acquire words and from our own network model.
Internal seminar co-ordinator: Jesse Preston