Auditory Sequence/Artificial Grammar Learning

Joanne A. Deocampo & Christopher M. Conway

In: Encyclopedia of Language Development

Auditory Sequence/Artificial Grammar Learning

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  • Spoken language development depends upon basic auditory processing mechanisms that encode structural regularities in the input. These mechanisms, studied under the guise of sequence/sequential learning and often using the artificial grammar learning paradigm, represent midlevel cognitive processes that could be construed as being “above” auditory sensory and perceptual mechanisms but “below” true language processes. Research has suggested that these auditory learning mechanisms are specifically attuned to time-varying, sequential signals (like spoken language), are an important aspect of the development of language, and may be compromised in children with impoverished experience with sound.

    Sequential learning refers to general abilities that most higher organisms possess for learning about structured patterns of information in the environment that unfold over time. Sequential learning can take place through any sensory ...

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