Learning from the voice and from the hands
04 June 2019, 6:00 pm–7:00 pm
How multimodal language helps children link words to the world.
This event is free.
UCL Festival of Culture team
G08 Sir David Davies Lecture TheatreRoberts BuildingTorrington PlaceLondonWC1E 7JEUnited Kingdom
We tend to think of language as something solely spoken or written, but most language is actually exchanged in face-to-face contexts where visual communication cues such as hand gestures, facial expressions and eye contact closely accompany speech. Our research investigates how children use visual cues, as well as cues in speech itself, to learn the meaning of words. 2-3 year-olds are talented word learners – their vocabulary grows quickly at this age. And yet the task of word-learning is very challenging: how do children work out, from many potential meanings, what words actually refer to? We present some results from current studies which reveal that care-givers make use of the richness of verbal and non-verbal communication strategies to support children’s word-learning.
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