ERIC Number: EJ1039381
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
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Reference Count: 70
Speech Perception and Production by Sequential Bilingual Children: A Longitudinal Study of Voice Onset Time Acquisition
McCarthy, Kathleen M.; Mahon, Merle; Rosen, Stuart; Evans, Bronwen G.
Child Development, v85 n5 p1965-1980 Sep-Oct 2014
The majority of bilingual speech research has focused on simultaneous bilinguals. Yet, in immigrant communities, children are often initially exposed to their family language (L1), before becoming gradually immersed in the host country's language (L2). This is typically referred to as sequential bilingualism. Using a longitudinal design, this study explored the perception and production of the English voicing contrast in 55 children (40 Sylheti-English sequential bilinguals and 15 English monolinguals). Children were tested twice: when they were in nursery (52-month-olds) and 1 year later. Sequential bilinguals' perception and production of English plosives were initially driven by their experience with their L1, but after starting school, changed to match that of their monolingual peers.
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Longitudinal Studies, Speech, Young Children, English (Second Language), Indo European Languages, Perception, Language Processing, Monolingualism, Phonemes
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