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The Spatial Foundations of Language and Cognition$
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Kelly S. Mix, Linda B. Smith, and Michael Gasser

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199553242

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199553242.001.0001

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The Role of the Body in Infant Language Learning

The Role of the Body in Infant Language Learning

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The Spatial Foundations of Language and Cognition

Chen Yu

Dana H. Ballard

Oxford University Press

We show in a series of three related studies that intentional cues encoded in body movements can provide very specific gains to language learning. A computational model is developed on the basis of machine learning techniques which can identify sound patterns of individual words from continuous speech using non‐linguistic contextual information and employ body movements as deictic references to discover word‐meaning associations.

Keywords:   embodied cognition, word learning, computational modeling, associative learning

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