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|Subject:||Influence of L1 Syllable Structure on L2 of Two-Year-Old|
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
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.
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’:
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.
|Reply From:||Madalena Cruz-Ferreira click here to access email|