About this Research Topic
The Research Topic will address the following issues:
● What are the methodological challenges faced by research on language acquisition in the digital age?
● How should traditional theories and models of language acquisition be revised to account for the multimodal and multichannel nature of language learning in the digital age?
● How should existing and future technologies be developed and transformed so as to be most beneficial for child language learning and cognition?
● Can new technologies be tailored to support child growth, and most importantly, can they be designed in order to enhance specifically vulnerable children’s language learning environment and opportunities?
● What kind of learning mechanisms are involved?
● How can artificial intelligence and robotics technologies, as robot tutors, support language development?
These questions and issues can only be addressed by means of an interdisciplinary approach that aims at developing new methods of data collection and analysis in cross-sectional and longitudinal perspectives.
We welcome contributions addressing these questions from an interdisciplinary perspective both theoretically and empirically.
Keywords: language development, digital environments, robotics, situated and embodied cognition, learning mechanisms
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