The Role of Language Experience and Visual Context in Surprisal

Project A5

Project A5 examines the interplay of linguistic and visual context on making predictions and the interdependence with child development and individual differences in language and intellectual abilities.

Specifically, we will investigate whether children in contrast to adults make more simplified predictions; whether the frequency of prediction errors influences surprisal; and whether prediction (error) affects acquisition and storage of novel word meanings across different age groups. Understanding the relationship between prediction, error, and learning will shed light onto the neurocognitive basis of surprisal and deepen our understanding of its psychological reality.

Keywords: psycholinguistics