Most studies of children's language development have focused on situations in which the child is directly addressed by a caregiver. But children are also exposed to language that is not directed to them. I'll present data from an ongoing line of research about the circumstances under which children can learn vocabulary from overheard speech. The overarching goal of this work is to understand what mechanisms children might use to learn from overheard speech, and how these might differ for different kinds of learners (specifically for this talk, autistic and nonautistic children) and for learning different kinds of words.
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