Speech perception and production by sequential bilingual children: a longitudinal study of VOT acquisition
1965 - 1980
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The majority of bilingual speech research has focused on simultaneous bilinguals. Yet, in immigrant communi-ties, children are often initially exposed to their family language (L1), before becoming gradually immersed in thehost 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-Eng-lish 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 initiallydriv en by their experience with their L1, but after starting school, changed to match that of their monolingual peers.
AuthorsMCCARTHY, KM; Mahon, M; Rosen, S; Evans, BG
- Linguistics 
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