Learning of Noun Classes Based on Semantic and Phonological Information in An Artificial Grammar Public Deposited

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  • March 19, 2019
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  • Li, Xuewei
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Linguistics
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  • Several studies (Perez-Pereira, 1991; Gagliardi, Feldman and Lidz, 2012) showed that children have a bias to pay more attention to phonological information than semantic information when learning noun classes. This study investigated whether adult learners show the same bias when learning noun classes in an artificial language. Three experiments were conducted in this study to test adults’ learning of noun classes based on either phonological information or semantic information, or based on both phonological and semantic information. The results showed that contrary to the finding with children, adult learners are biased to make use of semantic information in learning noun classes of an artificial language.
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  • Becker, Misha
  • Moreton, Elliott
  • Pertsova, Katya
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  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2015
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