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Janette Chow

BSc (York), DPhil (Oxon)


Winkler Career Development Fellow in Psychology

  • Post-doctoral Researcher at the Oxford BabyLab
  • Lecturer & Tutor for Part 1 Language & Cognition
  • Fellow at St Hugh's College

Language Acquisition: Infancy to Toddlerhood

Research Summary

My research strives to answer the question: How do toddlers build a lexical-semantic system?  

Language-mediated visual attention:  

a) I investigate what representations and processes are involved in spoken-word recognition and how they can drive toddlers’ visual attention.  

b) Backward semantic inhibition (BSI): I study the emergence of inhibitory links in the toddler lexical-semantic system, and how inhibition may support attention-switching.

Sleep and Lexicalisation:

Children are exposed to new words every day. They may be able to reproduce a new word immediately, but when does a new word become part of a toddler’s vocabulary (i.e. lexicalisation)? The process of lexicalisation is associated with sleep in children and adults, but unclear in infants and toddlers. I investigate the relationship between day-time naps/night-time sleep and the lexicalisation of new words. 

Recent publications

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Conference Presentations

Talks 

Chow, J., Aimola Davies, A.M., Fuentes, L.J., & Plunkett, K. (2016). Backward semantic inhibition supports attention-switching in toddlers. International Conference on Infant Studies, New Orleans, U.S.A. 

Chow, J., Aimola Davies, & Plunkett, K. (2015). Object labelling and selective attention in 2-year-olds. International Convention for Psychological Science, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. 

Chow, J., Aimola Davies, A.M., Brown, L., & Plunkett, K. (2014). The Tug of War Between Phonological, Taxonomic and Associative Information During Spoken Word Recognition in Two-year- olds. Biennial International Conference on Infant Studies, Berlin, Germany. 

Poster Presentations

Delle Luche, C., Kwok, R., Durrant, S., Chow, J., Horvath, K., Cannati, A., Abbot-Smith, K., Krott., A., Mills, D., Plunkett, K., Rowland, C., & Floccia, C. (2016). It’s a big world: Understanding the factors guiding early vocabulary development in bilinguals. International Conference on Infant Studies, New Orleans, U.S.A.

Floccia, C., Kwok, R., Delle Luche, C., Chow, J., Horvath, K., Cattani, A., Goslin, J., White, L., & Plunkett, K. (2016). Linguistic distance and semantic priming in 24- to 27-month-old bilingual children. International Conference on Infant Studies, New Orleans, U.S.A. 

Cattani, A., Kwok, R., Delle Luche, C., Horvath, C., Chow, J., Abbot-Smith, K., Goslin, J., Krott, A., Mills, D., Plunkett, K., Rowland, C., White, L., & Floccia, C. (2015). Not only amount of exposure but also linguistic distance to English affects the word learning of bilingual toddlers. In: Workshop in bilingual assessment of child lexical knowledge in Central Europe, 7-9 December 2015, Bratislava at Comenius University. 

Durrant, S., Delle Luche, C., Chow, J., Plunkett, K., Floccia, C. (2015). The origins of rhotic preference – natural or socially constructed? Poster presented at the 2015 SRCD Biennial Meeting, Philadelphia. 

Kwok, R.K.W., Delle Luche, C., Chow, J., Horvath, K., Cattani, A., Goslin, J., White, L., Plunkett, K., Floccia, C. (2015). Semantic priming effect in 24- to 27-month-old monolingual and bilingual children. Boston University Conference on Language Development, Boston, USA. 

Chow, J., Aimola Davies, A.M., & Plunkett, K. (2014). The Matching of Visual and Auditory Stimuli: Competition between Phonological and Taxonomic Representations during Spoken-word Recognition in 2-years olds. Dubrovnik Conference on Cognitive Science: Language and Conceptual Development. 

Chow, J., Aimola Davies, A.M., & Plunkett, K. (2013). The Time Course of Phonological and Semantic Knowledge Retrieval in Language-mediated Visual Search in 24- and 30-month-olds. Budapest CEU Conference on Cognitive Development, Budapest, Hungary.