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Early development of abstract language knowledge: evidence from perception-production transfer of birth-language memory

Authors
Choi, JiyounCutler, AnneBroersma, Mirjam
Issue Date
Jan-2017
Publisher
ROYAL SOC
Keywords
phonological acquisitionspeech; perception-production link; abstract representation; international adoptees; retention of early knowledge
Citation
ROYAL SOCIETY OPEN SCIENCE, v.4, no.1, pp 1 - 14
Pages
14
Journal Title
ROYAL SOCIETY OPEN SCIENCE
Volume
4
Number
1
Start Page
1
End Page
14
URI
https://scholarworks.sookmyung.ac.kr/handle/2020.sw.sookmyung/146236
DOI
10.1098/rsos.160660
ISSN
2054-5703
2054-5703
Abstract
Children adopted early in life into another linguistic community typically forget their birth language but retain, unaware, relevant linguistic knowledge that may facilitate (re) learning of birth-language patterns. Understanding the nature of this knowledge can shed light on how language is acquired. Here, international adoptees from Korea with Dutch as their current language, and matched Dutch-native controls, provided speech production data on a Korean consonantal distinction unlike any Dutch distinctions, at the outset and end of an intensive perceptual training. The productions, elicited in a repetition task, were identified and rated by Korean listeners. Adoptees' production scores improved significantly more across the training period than control participants' scores, and, for adoptees only, relative production success correlated significantly with the rate of learning in perception (which had, as predicted, also surpassed that of the controls). Of the adoptee group, half had been adopted at 17 months or older (when talking would have begun), while half had been prelinguistic (under six months). The former group, with production experience, showed no advantage over the group without. Thus the adoptees' retained knowledge of Korean transferred from perception to production and appears to be abstract in nature rather than dependent on the amount of experience.
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