Children’s referent selection and word learning:insights from a developmental robotic system

Twomey, Katherine Elizabeth and Morse, Anthony and Cangelosi, Angelo and Horst, Jessica (2016) Children’s referent selection and word learning:insights from a developmental robotic system. Interaction Studies, 17 (1). pp. 101-127. ISSN 1572-0373

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Abstract

It is well-established that toddlers can correctly select a novel referent from an ambiguous array in response to a novel label. There is also a growing consensus that robust word learning requires repeated label-object encounters. However, the effect of the context in which a novel object is encountered is less well-understood. We present two embodied neural network replications of recent empirical tasks which demonstrated that the context in which a target object is encountered is fundamental to referent selection and word learning. Our model offers an explicit account of the bottom-up associative and embodied mechanisms which could support children’s early word learning and emphasises the importance of viewing behaviour as the interaction of learning at multiple timescales.

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Interaction Studies
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© 2016 John Benjamins This article has been accepted for publication in Interaction Studies. The article is under copyright, and the publisher should be contacted for permission to re-use the material in any form.
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14 Mar 2016 15:26
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