Online CBC Seminar:

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La Junta Directiva de la SEPEX

We have the pleasure to announce the next online CBC Seminar:

FRIDAY July 9, at 16h

Erica Hsiung Wojcik

from Skidmore College

invited by Nuria Sebastian-Galles & Chiara Santolin

will give a talk entitled  

Follow that baby!: What we can learn about language learning from naturalistic observation

Abstract: Recent technological advances have made it possible to collect, store, and share unprecedented naturalistic audio/video corpora that document the first years of a baby’s life. These new datasets have led to an explosion in exploratory, descriptive, naturalistic studies that aim to unpack how infants learn language out in the real world. In this talk, I present data from two projects that use different naturalistic datasets to reorient how we study word learning. The first project combines a traditional eye-tracking study with descriptive coding of the Providence corpus to investigate how children learn ‘everyday’ words like uh-oh and bye. The second project analyses the temporal structure of word frequency in the unique SAYcam database, which comprises headcam footage from three babies, sampled two hours per week across the first two years of life. Both projects unveil new characteristics of early lexical input that challenge contemporary theories of word learning. Throughout the talk, I will discuss the benefits, challenges, and caveats that come with embracing exploratory, descriptive research.

We look forward to seeing you all there!

Luca & Chiara 

Organizers of CBC Seminar Series – Universitat Pompeu Fabra