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Schedule in April 2014


The 13th Perceptual Frontier Seminar: Social Development and Language Learning

Date and time: 23 April 2014, 17:00-19:00
Venue: Room 411, 1st floor of the Build. 4, Ohashi Campus, Kyushu University
Organizer: Yuko YAMASHITA (Kyushu University/ReCAPS)

Program

1. Vocal overlap in child-adult communication: effects on musicality and sociality
Yohko M. SHIMADA*
*Doshisha University
Early effects of “overlapping vocalization” between a child and an adult was tested. An experimenter played with the participants in two conditions: 1) overlapping her voices on the child’s voices, and 2) responding in turn-taking style. As a result, two-year-old children showed rhythmic expressions more frequently in the overlapping condition, while they made social approach in the turn-taking condition.

2. Speech pause distributions and gesture patterns of EFL learners: multimodal data analyses for pedagogic implications
Yuko YAMASHITA*, Miharu FUYUNO*, Yoshitaka NAKAJIMA*
*Kyushu University
This study collected and analyzed data of authentic English public speaking performances. The data were obtained during an official recitation contest in a Japanese university. The performances by the contestants were audio- and video- recorded to compile a multimodal database, together with performance evaluations by contest judges. Analyzing speech pause distributions and face movement patterns in performances will be focused in this talk.

3. Language development in bilingual children
David HIRSH*
*University of Sydney
This talk will draw on published evidence to suggest that bilingual education models which provide positive learning experiences in the first and second language require cooperation between schools and the home. There appears to be a need for value to be attached to the target languages in the home, in the school and in the wider society. There also appears to be a need for rich opportunities for language exposure and language production for both languages, utilising the home and school environments.

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