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Subject: Influence of L1 Syllable Structure on L2 of Two-Year-Old
Question: Hi,

I am a Japanese mother of a two-year-old daughter. We live in Japan
and she goes to a local nursery school, 8:30am to 6pm, five days a
week. She does not learn English there, but I hope my daughter gets
familier with English so I started to play English videos made for little
children, about 1hour, about 5 days a week, since she was half a
year.

Now she started to repeat words heard from the videos, but I started
to notice that her word pronunciation is always CVCV structured. For
example, ''clock'' is like ''kurokku'' and ''fish'' is like ''fishu''.

When I watch the videos with her, I always pronounce the words as
they are pronounced in the video (I am near-native). And no one but
me speaks to her in English, so there is no chance that she hears
wrongly pronounced English words.

Japanese is a CVCV structured so I understand that would occur to
those who has acquired Japanese, but I wonder if two-year-olds'
pronunciation has already shaped to their native languages, and will
not accept second language-peculiar pronunciation (CVC).

I would appreciate any comments or references I can turn to.

Thank you,

Mikiko Tsumura

Reply: CVCV is one of the commonest word patterns found in child speech worldwide. Have a look at our Ask-a-Linguist FAQ, ‘Child Language Acquisition’:

http://linguistlist.org/ask-ling/lang-acq.cfm

Children’s pronunciation of their languages is shaped by input and practice, and by cognitive and physical development. The same FAQ has more information on these matters, too.

Madalena
Reply From: Madalena Cruz-Ferreira      click here to access email
 
Date: 03-May-2013
 
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