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Learning structure from multimodal input
Infants must learn language-specific structures from their input. Many learning mechanisms have been proposed to account for how infants learn structure, but most suggested mechanisms have only been tested with fairly simplified unimodal input in laboratory environments. This is a problem because the input infants face in the real world is far more complex and multimodal, potentially igniting all of their senses (olfactory, tactile, auditory, visual, and even gustatory). In this talk we will explore (a) whether a few proposed learning mechanisms can scale up to the complexity of real world input and (b) whether caregivers provide multimodal input that could actually be helpful for infants' structure learning.