Lian is a PhD Candidate at Radboud University. Her project focuses on the efficacy of augmentative signs for word learning in children who are deaf/hard-of-hearing and children with Developmental Language Disorder. Before starting her PhD project, Lian obtained a Bachelor and Master’s degree in English Language and Culture and a Research Master’s degree in Language and Communication.
Previous research on multimodal word learning frequently focused on learning new labels for familiar concepts in ideal listening conditions. I will present two studies on word learning of unfamiliar concepts in limited auditory access. Hearing participants in study 1 (N=43) learned words with pictures of aliens in three conditions: word+picture+sign, word+picture, and word+picture+sign in babble noise. There were four sessions within one week, with training on day 1, receptive test then training on days 2 and 3, and only a receptive test on day 4. In Study 2, three groups of students participated in a word learning experiment with half the words and pictures presented to them with a sign (25 DHH, 29 hearing, 26 hearing in babble noise). This study consisted of a training immediately followed by a receptive test on both days (approximately one week apart), and a production test on day 2.