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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: I hope one of our language acquisition experts is able to provide an answer, but here is
my take.

Based on what your situation is, it makes sense your daughter may show an L1 bias.
One complication is that the videos can't speak back to her, so she loses some input
based on interaction. Dr Stahlke's comments are also valid.

BUT... if your daughter is enjoying the videos, please keep playing them and feel free to
speak more English with her. I have full confidence that she is learning something
about English pronunciation/grammar and English language culture that will benefit
her in the long run.
Reply From: Elizabeth J Pyatt      click here to access email
 
Date: 03-May-2013
 
Other Replies:
  1. Re: Influence of L1 Syllable Structure on L2 of Two-Year-Old    Madalena Cruz-Ferreira     (03-May-2013)
  2. Re: Influence of L1 Syllable Structure on L2 of Two-Year-Old    Robert A Papen     (03-May-2013)
  3. Re: Influence of L1 Syllable Structure on L2 of Two-Year-Old    Herbert Frederic Stahlke     (03-May-2013)
  4. Re: Influence of L1 Syllable Structure on L2 of Two-Year-Old    Steven Schaufele     (06-May-2013)
  5. Re: Influence of L1 Syllable Structure on L2 of Two-Year-Old    Anthea Fraser Gupta     (09-May-2013)

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