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Academic Paper

Title: Language and memory abilities of internationally adopted children from China: evidence for early age effects
Author: Audrey Delcenserie
Institution: Université de Montréal
Author: Fred Genesee
Institution: McGill University
Linguistic Field: Cognitive Science; Language Acquisition
Subject Language: French
Abstract: The goal of the present study was to examine if internationally adopted (IA) children from China (M = 10;8) adopted by French-speaking families exhibit lags in verbal memory in addition to lags in verbal abilities documented in previous studies (Gauthier & Genesee, 2011). Tests assessing verbal and non-verbal memory, language, non-verbal cognitive ability, and socio-emotional development were administered to thirty adoptees. Their results were compared to those of thirty non-adopted monolingual French-speaking children matched on age, gender, and socioeconomic status. The IA children scored significantly lower than the controls on language, verbal short-term memory, verbal working memory, and verbal long-term memory. No group differences were found on non-verbal memory, non-verbal cognitive ability, and socio-emotional development, suggesting language-specific difficulties. Despite extended exposure to French, adoptees may experience language difficulties due to limitations in verbal memory, possibly as a result of their delayed exposure to that language and/or attrition of the birth language.


This article appears IN Journal of Child Language Vol. 41, Issue 6.

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