Steven L Elmlinger

Steven L Elmlinger
Cornell University | CU · Department of Psychology

Ph.D. candidate

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What is the function of immature vocalizing in early learning environments? Previous work on infants in the US indicates that prelinguistic vocalizations elicit caregiver speech which is simplified in its linguistic structure. However, there is substantial cross-cultural variation in the extent to which children’s vocalizations elicit responses fro...
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Infants’ prelinguistic vocalizations reliably organize vocal turn‐taking with social partners, creating opportunities for learning to produce the sound patterns of the ambient language. This social feedback loop supporting early vocal learning is well‐documented, but its developmental origins have yet to be addressed. When do infants learn that the...
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What is the function of immature vocalizing in early learning environments? Previous work on infants in the US indicates that prelinguistic vocalizations elicit caregiver speech which is simplified in its linguistic structure. However, there is strong cross-cultural variation in the extent to which children’s vocalizations elicit responses from car...
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Our prior research posits that the prelinguistic vocalizations of infants may elicit caregiver speech which is simplified in its linguistic structure. Caregivers’ speech clearly contributes to infants’ development; infants’ communicative and cognitive development are predicted by their ambient language environment. There are at least two sources of...
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Toddlers and their parents achieve joint attention in many different social contexts. In some contexts, parents follow toddlers’ attention; in other contexts, toddlers follow parents. Using a dual head-mounted eye-tracking paradigm and microlevel analyses of behavior, we examined the sensorimotor properties of parent-toddler joint attention both in...
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What is the function of babbling in language learning? Our recent findings suggest that infants’ immature vocalizations may elicit simplified linguistic responses from their caregivers. The contributions of parental speech to infant development are well established; individual differences in the number of words in infants’ ambient language environm...
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What is the function of babbling in language learning? We examined the structure of parental speech as a function of contingency on infants’ non-cry prelinguistic vocalizations. We analyzed several acoustic and linguistic measures of caregivers’ speech. Contingent speech was less lexically diverse and shorter in utterance length than non-contingent...

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What is the function of infant babbling? Our recent findings suggest that infants’ immature vocalizations may elicit simplified linguistic responses from their caregivers. In this project, we are exploring possibilities these results implicate: multiple pathways along which infants may actively change their learning environment to contain more simplified, learnable information.