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dc.contributor.authorStorkel, Holly L.
dc.contributor.authorMaekawa, Junko
dc.contributor.authorAschenbrenner, Andrew J.
dc.identifier.citationStorkel, Holly L., Junko Maekawa, and Andrew J. Aschenbrenner. "The Effect of Homonymy on Learning Correctly Articulated Versus Misarticulated Words." J Speech Lang Hear Res Journal of Speech Language and Hearing Research 56.2 (2013): 694.
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dc.description.abstractPurpose The goal of the current study was to examine the effect of homonymy (learning a second meaning for a known word form vs. learning a novel meaning and novel word form) and articulation accuracy (IN vs. OUT sounds) on word learning by preschool children. An added goal was to determine whether word frequency altered the effect of homonymy on word learning.

Method Twenty-nine 3- to 4-year-old children were taught homonyms and novel words. Stimuli further varied in whether homonymy was present in both the adult input and the child's output (as for IN sounds) versus present only in the child's output (as for OUT sounds).

Results For IN sounds, children learned homonyms more rapidly than novel words. Moreover, the homonym advantage was modulated by word frequency, such that children learned a new meaning for a high-frequency word more accurately than they learned a new meaning for a low-frequency word. In contrast, for OUT sounds, there was no evidence that homonymy influenced learning.

Conclusions Homonymy in the adult input facilitates word learning by preschool children, whereas homonymy in the child's output alone does not. This effect is captured in a usage-based model of phonology and the lexicon.
dc.publisherAmerican Speech-Language-Hearing Associationen_US
dc.titleThe Effect of Homonymy on Learning Correctly Articulated Versus Misarticulated Wordsen_US
kusw.kuauthorStorkel, Holly L.
kusw.kuauthorMaekawa, Junko
kusw.kudepartmentBureau of Child Researchen_US
kusw.oaversionScholarly/refereed, author accepted manuscript
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