Tania Zamuner

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Tania Zamuner

University of Ottawa


Early speech production

Infants also have substantial knowledge about the phonological and grammatical structures of their language before they begin producing speech (Curtin et al., 2011). Although production is not a necessary component for word recognition, it would be hasty to assume that the mechanism and representations for word recognition are the same in preverbal infants as compared to children and adults who are able to both perceive and produce language. A central component of language communication involves the development of speech production skills, which entails knowledge about how sounds are articulated, the integration of sensori-motor cues, and the retrieval of stored representations from memory (McAllister Byun et al., 2016). As such, a major milestone in development is when children produce their first words.

However, there is little experimental work looking at developmental speech production. In this talk, I will present methods for studying early speech production: a method which controls production during the experimental task and a methods that allow for on-line measures of speech production. Studies using these methodologies are pointing to the observation that effect of production in language development can vary, and may depend on the stimuli, developmental stages of the learning, and the difficulty of the task.

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