Input matters: speed of word recognition in 2-year-olds exposed to multiple accents

Buckler, Helen, Oczak-Arsik, Sara, Siddiqui, Nazia and Johnson, Elizabeth K. (2017) Input matters: speed of word recognition in 2-year-olds exposed to multiple accents. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 164 . pp. 87-100. ISSN 1096-0457

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Although studies investigating language abilities in young children exposed to more than one language have become common, there is still surprisingly little research examining language development in children exposed to more than one accent. Here, we report two looking-while-listening experiments examining the impact of routine home exposure to multiple accents on 2-year-olds’ word recognition abilities. In Experiment 1, we found that monolingual English-learning 24-month-olds who routinely receive exposure to both Canadian English and a non-native variant of English are less efficient in their recognition of familiar words spoken in Canadian English than monolingual English-learning 24-month-olds who hear only Canadian English at home. In Experiment 2, we found that by 34 months of age all children recognize words equally quickly regardless of their accent exposure at home. We conclude that monolingual toddlers in some locations may form a less homogeneous population than past work has assumed, a factor that should be considered when drawing generalizations about language development across different populations.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Word recognition, Speech perception, Language acquisition Accents, Multicultural, Multilingual
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Arts > School of English
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Depositing User: Buckler, Helen
Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2017 13:19
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 18:58

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