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Frequency-based organization of speech sequences in a nonhuman animal

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dc.contributor.author Toro Soto, Juan Manuel, 1976-
dc.contributor.author Nespor, Marina
dc.contributor.author Gervain, Judit
dc.date.accessioned 2019-04-29T07:59:03Z
dc.date.available 2019-04-29T07:59:03Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.citation Toro JM, Nespor M, Gervain J. Frequency-based organization of speech sequences in a nonhuman animal. Cognition. 2016 Jan;146:1-7. DOI: 10.1016/j.cognition.2015.09.006
dc.identifier.issn 0010-0277
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/37149
dc.description.abstract A recurrent question regarding language acquisition is the extent to which the mechanisms human infants use to discover patterns over the linguistic signal are highly specialized and uniquely human, or are the result of more general mechanisms present in other species. Research with very young infants suggests that they are able to use the relative frequency of elements in a linguistic sequence to infer word order. Here we ask if this ability could emerge from grouping biases present in nonhuman mammals. We show that animals discover differences in the frequency of elements in a sequence and can learn the relative order of frequent and infrequent elements. Nevertheless, in animals, relative frequency does not appear to be overridden by other cues that have been shown to be important to human infants, such as prosody. Our results demonstrate that the basic mechanism that allows listeners to extract ordering relations based on frequency is shared across species.
dc.description.sponsorship The present research has received funding from the European Research Council under the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007–2013)/ERC grant agreement no. 269502 (PASCAL) to MN; ERC grant agreement no. 312519 and ​PSI2013-44992-P to JMT, and from the Agence Nationale de la Recherche (Programme JCJC 21373), the Emergence(s) program of the City of Paris as well as from the French Investissements d’Avenir – Labex EFL Program (ANR-10-LABX-0083) to JG.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Elsevier
dc.relation.ispartof Cognition. 2016 Jan;146:1-7.
dc.rights © Elsevier http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cognition.2015.09.006
dc.title Frequency-based organization of speech sequences in a nonhuman animal
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.identifier.doi https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cognition.2015.09.006
dc.subject.keyword Word frequency
dc.subject.keyword Comparative cognition
dc.subject.keyword Function words
dc.subject.keyword Prosody
dc.relation.projectID info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/EC/FP7/269502
dc.relation.projectID info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/EC/FP7/312519
dc.relation.projectID info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/ES/1PE/​PSI2013-44992-P
dc.rights.accessRights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.type.version info:eu-repo/semantics/acceptedVersion

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