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Japanese Sound-Symbolism Facilitates Word Learning in English-Speaking Children

Katerina Kantartzis, Mutsumi Imai, Sotaro Kita
2011 Cognitive Science  
English-speaking children performed better with the sound-symbolic verbs, just like Japanese-speaking children.  ...  In a verb generalization task, English-speaking 3-year-olds were taught novel sound-symbolic verbs, created based on Japanese sound-symbolism, or novel nonsound-symbolic verbs.  ...  Importantly, the novel sound-symbolic words were derived from Japanese sound-symbolic words, and the sound-symbolism could be detected by English-speaking adults and utilized by English-speaking children  ... 
doi:10.1111/j.1551-6709.2010.01169.x fatcat:gqyrld4dmzbcjfzzfmlrwrgnli

Sound symbolism facilitates early verb learning

Mutsumi Imai, Sotaro Kita, Miho Nagumo, Hiroyuki Okada
2008 Cognition  
Japanese-speaking children.  ...  Here, we report that 25-month-old children are sensitive to cross-linguistically valid sound-symbolic matches in the domain of action and that this sound symbolism facilitates verb learning in young children  ...  Acknowledgements This research was supported by Ministry of Education Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (#15300088) to Imai and by Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation (5944/6131) to Kita and Imai.  ... 
doi:10.1016/j.cognition.2008.07.015 pmid:18835600 fatcat:hxmkxwmarfdw7pwtseyh3qkw5q

The sound symbolism bootstrapping hypothesis for language acquisition and language evolution

M. Imai, S. Kita
2014 Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Biological Sciences  
We demonstrated that sound symbolism facilitates word learning in 14-month-old Japanese-speaking infants [69] .  ...  Does sound symbolism always facilitate word learning? Monaghan et al.  ... 
doi:10.1098/rstb.2013.0298 pmid:25092666 pmcid:PMC4123677 fatcat:m2sell2cirg47ljajpzejptcuu

Sound to meaning correspondences facilitate word learning

Lynne C. Nygaard, Allison E. Cook, Laura L. Namy
2009 Cognition  
Native English-speaking monolinguals learned meanings for Japanese words in a vocabulary-learning task.  ...  The present investigation questioned this arbitrariness assumption by examining the influence of potential non-arbitrary mappings between sound and meaning on word learning in adults.  ...  We examined the contribution of sound symbolism to a novel word-learning task in which monolingual native English speakers were introduced to new vocabulary items in Japanese.  ... 
doi:10.1016/j.cognition.2009.04.001 pmid:19447384 fatcat:uh54ufbdrnaflpeiswwoxho53m

Korean Mothers Attune the Frequency and Acoustic Saliency of Sound Symbolic Words to the Linguistic Maturity of Their Children

Jinyoung Jo, Eon-Suk Ko
2018 Frontiers in Psychology  
The present study investigates Korean mothers' use of sound symbolism, in particular expressive lengthening and ideophones, in their speech directed to their children.  ...  We additionally found that mothers weaken the prominence for ideophones for older children in mean pitch, suggesting that such prominence of these iconic words might bootstrap infants' word learning especially  ...  ACKNOWLEDGMENTS The authors thank the mothers and children who participated in the study and Prof. Byoung-Tak Zhang for allowing the authors to collect the data in his laboratory.  ... 
doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2018.02225 pmid:30618893 pmcid:PMC6305434 fatcat:xnhm3ujabfewpplxxvt63uavha


Dariia Rzhevska
2018 Odessa linguistic journal  
Also, there are systematicities in English, as well as, in Japanese, where words with similar forms are more likely than chance to have similar meanings.  ...  Although a number of behavioral studies demonstrate that both children and adults are universally sensitive to sound symbolism in mimetic words, the neural mechanisms underlying this phenomenon have not  ...  As shown above, English symbolic words are classified by physical, sound-imitating, synesthetic and conventional ways while Japanese symbolic words are classified in six ways: visual, auditive, tactile  ... 
doi:10.32837/2312-3192/12/13 fatcat:3rikoelx3zg5xl2wbk3pc7o7qu

Page 2648 of Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts: LLBA Vol. 29, Issue 5 [page]

1995 Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts: LLBA  
correlations, anatomical / physiological / biological issues; 9509953 sound symbolism role, nonhuman terrestrial vertebrates’ communica- tion, expressive sound symbolism occurrence; 9512198 sound symbolism  ...  language storage /across-language priming, facilitation effect; word-pair verbal recognition task; Latvian-English bilinguals; 9509921 bilingual lexicon processing; modality; experiments; Dutch-English  ... 

Guessing Meaning From Word Sounds of Unfamiliar Languages: A Cross-Cultural Sound Symbolism Study

Anita D'Anselmo, Giulia Prete, Przemysław Zdybek, Luca Tommasi, Alfredo Brancucci
2019 Frontiers in Psychology  
Sound symbolism refers to a non-arbitrary relationship between the sound of a word and its meaning.  ...  We confirm the existence of sound symbolic processing in natural unknown languages, and we speculate that some possible difference in the iconicity of the languages could be the basis for the difference  ...  ACKNOWLEDGMENTS We thanks Agnieszka Muszyńska-Andrejczyk for helping us with the translation of the words from Italian into Polish.  ... 
doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2019.00593 pmid:30941080 pmcid:PMC6433836 fatcat:svvy3evtcvexvhi6lubzznbplq

Sound Symbolism Facilitates Long-Term Retention of the Semantic Representation of Novel Verbs in Three-Year-Olds

Katerina Kantartzis, Mutsumi Imai, Danielle Evans, Sotaro Kita
2019 Languages  
Previous research has shown that sound symbolism facilitates action label learning when the test trial used to assess learning immediately followed the training trial in which the (novel) verb was taught  ...  The current study investigated whether sound symbolism benefits verb learning in the long term.  ...  However, both Japanese-speaking and English-speaking children could generalize novel verbs on the basis of the same action if the novel verbs sound-symbolically matched the action (Imai et al. 2008a;  ... 
doi:10.3390/languages4020021 fatcat:nwxl532bybf25aykpqc7uhvsla

Page 424 of Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts: LLBA Vol. 27, Issue 1 [page]

1993 Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts: LLBA  
; 9302553 English as a second language acquisition, grammar development/ interlanguage stages; case study; Spanish-speaking child aged 4; 9300091 English as a second language instruction, Japanese children  ...  , sound play role; 9300545 facilitated communication evaluation, Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test-Revised performance; empirical data; public-school facilitated communication users aged 6:11-16:10; 9302613  ... 

Iconicity in the lab: a review of behavioral, developmental, and neuroimaging research into sound-symbolism

Gwilym Lockwood, Mark Dingemanse
2015 Frontiers in Psychology  
Combining insights from psychology and neuroscience with evidence from natural languages provides us with opportunities for the experimental investigation of the role of sound-symbolism in language learning  ...  The review finishes by describing how hypothesis-testing and model-building will help contribute to a cumulative science of sound-symbolism in human language.  ...  's (2008 results in experiments with English children using the same novel verbs based on Japanese sound-symbolic patterns.  ... 
doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01246 pmid:26379581 pmcid:PMC4547014 fatcat:7zajm7gjyzceth6h7w4oqjonqy

Cognitive Skill Transfer in English Reading Acquisition: Alphabetic and Logographic Languages Compared

Wael Shakkour
2014 Open Journal of Modern Linguistics  
and logographic orthographies, to English second-language reading skills (word reading and reading comprehension), to better understand the contribution of cognitive reading skills in alphabetic and logographic  ...  The author examines findings in the context of second-language learning theories, and two contradictory hypotheses in particularthe linguistic interdependence hypothesis and the script-dependent hypothesis  ...  Similar findings come from the study of Ryan and Mera (1991) that examined Arabic-speaking children learning English L2.  ... 
doi:10.4236/ojml.2014.44048 fatcat:cdiffo2gdrhxrpxamos5locj6a

The universality of symbolic representation for reading in Asian and alphabetic languages

2007 Bilingualism: Language and Cognition  
For children learning to read English, the sounds encoded in the print need to be reassembled into words, a process that is difficult because the sounds themselves, and the letters that represent them,  ...  German-speaking children learning to read and spell performed a set of decoding tasks better than comparable English-speaking children (Frith, Wimmer and Landerl, 1998; Wimmer and Goswami, 1994) .  ... 
doi:10.1017/s136672890700288x fatcat:c2ag5eyuqngr3bppmaemgvz2pe

Fostering the Development of ESL/ASL Bilinguals

Charlotte J. Evans, Kelvin L. Seifert
2000 The TESL Canada Journal  
Although ASL communities certainly have histories and traditions, Deaf individuals rarely learn these from family ties or immersion in a kinship-based culture that "speaks" ASL.  ...  In the case of deaf students, however, the bilingualism is not between two oral languages, but between American Sign Language (ASU and written English.  ...  He is the author of numerous publications and textbooks in this area, including his most recent book Constructing a Psychology ofTeaching and Learning.  ... 
doi:10.18806/tesl.v18i1.896 fatcat:iaq3o6wgezanfdzwpmihbwobuy

Iconicity as a General Property of Language: Evidence from Spoken and Signed Languages

Pamela Perniss, Robin L. Thompson, Gabriella Vigliocco
2010 Frontiers in Psychology  
in language.  ...  In this paper, we review the different types of iconic mappings that characterize languages in both modalities, including the predominantly visually iconic mappings found in signed languages.  ...  The children showed an advantage in learning the novel sound-symbolic (iconic) words, compared to the novel words that were not sound-symbolic, suggesting that regular mappings facilitate early language  ... 
doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2010.00227 pmid:21833282 pmcid:PMC3153832 fatcat:77lwvkdstbekvk3525hwb2gqna
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