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Academic Paper


Title: Temporal features of word-initial /s/+stop clusters in bilingual Mandarin–English children and monolingual English children and adults
Author: JING YANG
Linguistic Field: Language Acquisition; Phonology
Subject Language: Chinese, Mandarin
English
Abstract:

Abstract

This study investigated the durational features of English word-initial /s/+stop clusters produced by bilingual Mandarin (L1)–English (L2) children and monolingual English children and adults. The participants included two groups of five- to six-year-old bilingual children: low proficiency in the L2 (Bi-low) and high proficiency in the L2 (Bi-high), one group of age-matched English children, and one group of English adults. Each participant produced a list of English words containing /sp, st, sk/ at the word-initial position followed by /a, i, u/, respectively. The absolute durations of the clusters and cluster elements and the durational proportions of elements to the overall cluster were measured. The results revealed that Bi-high children behaved similarly to the English monolinguals whereas Bi-low children used a different strategy of temporal organization to coordinate the cluster components in comparison to the English monolinguals and Bi-high children. The influence of language experience and continuing development of temporal features in children were discussed.



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This article appears IN Journal of Child Language Vol. 45, Issue 2, which you can READ on Cambridge's site .

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