Semantic and phonological schema influence spoken word learning and overnight consolidation


We studied the initial acquisition and overnight consolidation of new spoken words that resemble words in the native language (L1) or in an unfamiliar, non-native language (L2). Spanish-speaking participants learned the spoken forms of novel words in their native language (Spanish) or in a different language (Hungarian), which were paired with pictures of familiar or unfamiliar objects, or no picture. We thereby assessed, in a factorial way, the impact of existing knowledge (schema) on word learning by manipulating both semantic (familiar vs. unfamiliar objects) and phonological (L1- vs. L2-like novel words) familiarity. Participants were trained and tested with a 12-hour intervening period that included overnight sleep or daytime awake. Our results showed; i) benefits of sleep to recognition memory that were greater for words with L2-like phonology; ii) that learned associations with familiar but not unfamiliar pictures enhanced recognition memory for novel words. Implications for complementary systems accounts of word learning are discussed.

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Divisions: College of Health & Life Sciences
Additional Information: Copyright: Taylor & Francis Funding: Spanish Government (PSI2011-29219, awarded to ARF) and a predoctoral position awarded to VH.
Uncontrolled Keywords: word learning ,semantic , phonology ,schema ,consolidation ,L1 L2
Publication ISSN: 1747-0226
Last Modified: 19 Feb 2024 08:16
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2017 13:55
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Related URLs: http://journals ... 18.2017.1329325 (Publisher URL)
PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2018-06-01
Published Online Date: 2017-08-31
Accepted Date: 2017-08-30
Authors: Havas, Viktoria
Taylor, J S H (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-1109-8539)
de Diego-Balaguer, Ruth
Rodriquez-Fornells, Antoni
Davis, Matthew H.



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