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Learning from the voice and from the hands

04 June 2019, 6:00 pm–7:00 pm

UCL Festival of Culture 2019

How multimodal language helps children link words to the world.

This event is free.

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Open to

All

Availability

Yes

Cost

Free

Organiser

UCL Festival of Culture team

Location

G08 Sir David Davies Lecture Theatre
Roberts Building
Torrington Place
London
WC1E 7JE
United 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.

This event is part of the UCL Festival of Culture, a packed, five-day programme of free talks, panel discussions, screenings, performances, and tours. Join us to discover, discuss and be inspired by the exceptional breadth and quality of the arts, humanities and social sciences at UCL.

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