Laura Bosch, Ph.D.SPAIN

    Keynote Speaker

    Laura Bosch, Ph.D.
    Department of Cognition, Development and Educational Psychology
    Faculty of Psychology
    Institute of Neurosciences (UBNeuro)
    University of Barcelona

    Laura Bosch, Ph.D., is professor at the Cognition, Development and Educational Psychology Department of the University of Barcelona (UB) and member of the Institute of Neurosciences at UB. Her research interests are focused on early speech perception, language learning and phonological development in monolingual and bilingual populations. She coordinates the infancy research Lab at the University of Barcelona (APAL, Attention, Perception and Acquisition of Language), and her current research includes populations at risk for neuro-cognitive and language-based disorders.

    Title

    Early Language Experience and the Development of Language Learning Competencies

    Abstract

    Basic native language competencies are already in place by the end of the first year of life in typically developing children. Differences in experience modulate early language learning processes. After reviewing research on infants’ early capacities, factors modulating their emergence and time-course will be discussed, with a focus on two populations: infants growing up bilingual and pre-lingually deaf infants. The former experiencing a more complex and variable input, the latter lacking auditory input. Identifying critical factors and specific adaptations in their learning processes will inform about their trajectories and language outcomes.

    Learning Outcomes

    Learners will be able to recognize the basic language perception competencies acquired in the first year of life.
    Learners will be able to identify adaptive processes in speech perception resulting from exposure to a bilingual input.
    Learners will be able to describe the negative effects that the lack of auditory input has on early language learning competencies.

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