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

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>2016
<mark>Journal</mark>Interaction Studies
Issue number1
Volume17
Number of pages27
Pages (from-to)101-127
Publication statusPublished
Early online date26/09/16
Original languageEnglish

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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© 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.