How Infants Break Into Language

Friday 24 March
19:00 – 20:00 (7:00 PM – 8:00 PM) Hall E

Linda B. Smith
Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Indiana University Bloomington, USA


The objects labeled by common nouns are so readily recognized and their names so readily learned by infants that some have suggested that these basic-level categories visually “carve nature at its joints.” This idea is at odds with the computational complexity of visual object recognition as understood in human and machine vision. Evidence from the regularities in the infant visual world (collected via head cameras) suggests properties that may not quite “carve nature at its joints,” but may make those joints—and nameable object categories—very easy to find.