You can click HERE to download the slides for a presentation
about repetition and variation in child-directed speech / infant-directed speech and nursery rhymes. The first part presents results from an analysis of Massimo Poesio’s high-density corpus. The second part contains information about using R to automatically find different patterns of repetition and variation in corpora.
We also have slides or handouts for lots of talks with information about repetition and variation in child-directed speech and games that can help you create situations with lots of repetition and variation.
Research Publications on Self-Repetition and Variation in Child-Directed Speech
Brodsky, P., Waterfall, H. R., & Edelman, S. (2007). Characterizing motherese: On the computational structure of child-directed language. In D. McNamara & J. Trafton (Eds.), Proceedings of the 29th Cognitive Science Society Conference (pp. 833-38). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.
Brown, P. (1998). Conversational structure and language acquisition: The role of repetition in Tzeltal. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, 197-221.
Goldstein, M. H., Waterfall, H. R., Lotem, A., Halpern, J. Y., Schwade, J. A., Onnis, L., & Edelman, S. (2010). General cognitive principles for learning structure in time and space. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 14(6), 249-258.
Hoff-Ginsberg, E. (1986). Function and structure in maternal speech: their relation to the child’s development of syntax. Developmental Psychology, 22, 155–163.
Hoff-Ginsberg, E. (1990). Maternal speech and the child’s development of syntax: A further look. Journal of Child Language, 17, 85–99.
Küntay, A., & Slobin, D. (1996). Listening to a Turkish mother: Some puzzles for acquisition. In D. Slobin, J. Gerhardt, J., Kyratzis, A., & Guo, J. (Eds.), Social interaction, social context, and language: Essays in honor of Susan Ervin-Tripp (pp. 265-286). Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
Küntay, A., & Slobin, D. I. (2002). Putting interaction back into child language: Examples from Turkish. Psychology of Language and Communication, 6, 5-14.
Nelson, K. (1977). Facilitating children’s syntax acquisition. Developmental Psychology, 13, 101–107.
Onnis, L., Waterfall, H. R., & Edelman, S. (2008). Learn locally, act globally: Learning language from variation set cues. Cognition, 109(3), 423-430.
Slobin, D. I., Bowerman. M., Brown. P., Eisenbeiss, S. & Narasimhan, B. (2011). Putting things in places: Developmental consequences of linguistic typology. In J. Bohnemeyer & E. Pederson (Eds.), Event Representation (pp134-165). Cambridge, MA: Cambridge University Press.
Stoll, S., Abbot-Smith, K., Lieven, E. (2009). Lexically restricted utterances in Russian, German and English child directed speech. Cognitive Science, 33: 75-103.
Waterfall, H. R. (2006). A little change is a good thing: Feature theory, language acquisition and variation sets. Doctoral thesis, University of Chicago.
Waterfall, H. R., Sandbank, B., Onnis, L., & Edelman, S. (2010). An empirical generative framework for computational modeling of language acquisition. Journal of Child Language, 37(03), 671-703.