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Article: Salvaging a childhood language

TitleSalvaging a childhood language
Authors
KeywordsChildhood language
Grammar
Language acquisition
Morphosyntax
Phonology
Spanish
Issue Date2008
PublisherAcademic Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/jml
Citation
Journal Of Memory And Language, 2008, v. 58 n. 4, p. 998-1011 How to Cite?
AbstractChildhood experience with a language seems to help adult learners speak it with a more native-like accent. Can analogous benefits be found beyond phonology? This study focused on adult learners of Spanish who had spoken Spanish as their native language before age 7 and only minimally, if at all, thereafter until they began to re-learn Spanish around age 14 years. They were compared with native speakers, childhood overhearers, and typical late-second-language (L2)-learners of Spanish. Both childhood speakers and overhearers spoke Spanish with a more native-like accent than typical late-L2-learners. On grammar measures, childhood speakers-although far from native-like-reliably outperformed childhood overhearers as well as typical late-L2-learners. These results suggest that while simply overhearing a language during childhood could help adult learners speak it with a more native-like phonology, speaking a language regularly during childhood could help re-learners use it with more native-like grammar as well as phonology. © 2007 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/89550
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2015 Impact Factor: 5.218
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 3.403
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dc.identifier.citationJournal Of Memory And Language, 2008, v. 58 n. 4, p. 998-1011en_HK
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dc.description.abstractChildhood experience with a language seems to help adult learners speak it with a more native-like accent. Can analogous benefits be found beyond phonology? This study focused on adult learners of Spanish who had spoken Spanish as their native language before age 7 and only minimally, if at all, thereafter until they began to re-learn Spanish around age 14 years. They were compared with native speakers, childhood overhearers, and typical late-second-language (L2)-learners of Spanish. Both childhood speakers and overhearers spoke Spanish with a more native-like accent than typical late-L2-learners. On grammar measures, childhood speakers-although far from native-like-reliably outperformed childhood overhearers as well as typical late-L2-learners. These results suggest that while simply overhearing a language during childhood could help adult learners speak it with a more native-like phonology, speaking a language regularly during childhood could help re-learners use it with more native-like grammar as well as phonology. © 2007 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.en_HK
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dc.publisherAcademic Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/jmlen_HK
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dc.subjectChildhood languageen_HK
dc.subjectGrammaren_HK
dc.subjectLanguage acquisitionen_HK
dc.subjectMorphosyntaxen_HK
dc.subjectPhonologyen_HK
dc.subjectSpanishen_HK
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dc.typeArticleen_HK
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