ERIC Number: EJ1025317
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
The Development of Language Constancy: Attention to Native versus Nonnative Accents
Kitamura, Christine; Panneton, Robin; Best, Catherine T.
Child Development, v84 n5 p1686-1700 Sep-Oct 2013
The time frame for infants' acquisition of language constancy was probed, using the phonetic variation in a rarely heard accent (South African English) or a frequently heard accent (American English). A total of 156 Australian infants were tested. Six-month-olds looked longer to Australian English than less commonly heard South African accent, but at 9 months, showed similar looking times. With the more frequently heard American accent, 3-month-olds looked longer to Australian and American English, whereas 6-month-olds looked equally. Together these results imply that in the 1st year, differential attention to native versus nonnative accents decreases as infants develop a sense of language constancy for the common native language. However, experience with the nonnative accent can expedite this process.
Descriptors: Pronunciation, Native Speakers, Foreign Countries, Language Variation, Infants, Cognitive Ability, Language Acquisition, Phonetics, North American English, Infant Behavior
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Australia