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Workshop on infant speech perception

The Workshop on Infant Speech Perception (WISP) will highlight recent research on infants' developing abilities to perceive and learn the phonological, morphological and prosodic systems of language. Research has shown that children make use of perceptual cues very early in life to bootstrap the learning of phonemes, carry out processes of word segmentation, and identify morphological boundaries. However, the mechanisms underlying how these levels of language learning are integrated and represented in early language development is still unclear. Even less is known about how these aspects of language learning proceed in early bilinguals or children with hearing loss.

The goal of this workshop is to bring together researchers working on various aspects of phonology, morphology and prosody to discuss novel techniques and paradigms that will shed light on the diverse roles of speech perception abilities at various stages of infant development, across languages and populations. The workshop will include keynote addresses and invited talks by experts in the fields of linguistics, cognitive science, computational linguistics and developmental psychology, and a poster session.

1st and 2nd September 2015

Level 1 Theatre, the Australian Hearing Hub, Macquarie University, Sydney NSW, Australia.
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Keynote Speakers

Paola Escudero: Encoding of phonetic and phonological detail in early word learning (MARCS Institute, University of Western Sydney)
Reiko Mazuka: Prosodic forms of infant-directed vocabulary can facilitate word learning (Riken Brain Science Institute and Duke University)
Thierry Nazzi: Impact of phonological acquisition on early lexical processing: the C-bias revisited (LPP, Université Paris Descartes, Sorbonne Paris Cité and CNRS)
Dan Swingley: Words and speech sounds in the first two years (Department of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania)


Workshop Program (PDF 87KB)


Printed posters should be in A0 size (1189 mm wide by 841mm high) and landscape orientation


There is no registration fee. Registration extended: 26th August 2015.

Sponsored by: Macquarie University Centre for Language Sciences (CLaS), ARC Fellowship Laureate 130100014 and the Child Language Lab.


Katherine Demuth, Nan Xu Rattanasone, Carmen Kung, Elaine Schmidt, Ivan Yuen

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