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ERIC Number: EJ1012671
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1547-5441
Songs as Ambient Language Input in Phonology Acquisition
Au, Terry Kit-fong
Language Learning and Development, v9 n3 p266-277 2013
Children cannot learn to speak a language simply from occasional noninteractive exposure to native speakers' input (e.g., by hearing television dialogues), but can they learn something about its phonology? To answer this question, the present study varied ambient hearing experience for 126 5- to 7-year-old native Cantonese-Chinese speakers learning English as a second language and Putonghua as a second dialect. Hearing Putonghua songs as ambient sounds improved the children's Putonghua accent in a story read-aloud task, whereas hearing English songs yielded no measurable analogous benefit. Research and educational implications are discussed. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 1; Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong