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Revitalizing Endangered Languages

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Academic Paper


Title: Infant learning of words in a typologically distant nonnative language
Author: Hui Chen
Author: Dahliane Labertonière
Author: Hintat Cheung
Author: Thierry Nazzi
Linguistic Field: Language Acquisition
Subject Language: French
Chinese, Yue
Abstract: Infants attune to their native language during the first two years of life, as attested by decreases in the processing of nonnative phonological sounds and reductions in the range of possible sounds accepted as labels for native words. The present study shows that French-learning infants aged 1;8 can learn new words in an unfamiliar language, Cantonese, after just 6 repetitions of each word. This shows that word learning in a nonnative language remains possible during the second year of life even in a nonnative language that is typologically distinct from the native language.

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This article appears IN Journal of Child Language Vol. 47, Issue 6, which you can READ on Cambridge's site .

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