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Beyond Nature versus Nurture: Changing views of infant language development

Host: Prof Glyn Humphreys

Long before infants produce their first words, they have learned a tremendous amount about their native language(s). What do infants know, and how did they learn it? In this talk, I will describe results from multiple lines of research that suggest that infants track statistical properties of language, and use this information for myriad aspects of language acquisition. Implications for atypical language development will also be considered.