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ERIC Number: EJ929023
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jan
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
ISSN: ISSN-1363-755X
Children's Selective Trust in Native-Accented Speakers
Kinzler, Katherine D.; Corriveau, Kathleen H.; Harris, Paul L.
Developmental Science, v14 n1 p106-111 Jan 2011
Across two experiments, preschool-aged children demonstrated selective learning of non-linguistic information from native-accented rather than foreign-accented speakers. In Experiment 1, children saw videos of a native- and a foreign-accented speaker of English who each spoke for 10 seconds, and then silently demonstrated different functions with novel objects. Children selectively endorsed the silent object function provided by the native-accented speaker. In Experiment 2, children again endorsed the native-accented over the foreign-accented speaker, even though both informants previously spoke only in nonsense speech. Thus, young children demonstrate selective trust in native-accented speakers even when neither informant's speech relays meaningful semantic content, and the information that both informants provide is non-linguistic. We propose that children orient towards members of their native community to guide their early cultural learning. (Contains 2 footnotes, 1 table and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Preschool Education
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Language: English
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