Subtlety of Ambient-Language Effects in Babbling: A Study of English- and Chinese-Learning Infants at 8, 10, and 12 Months

Chia Cheng Lee, Yuna Jhang, Li mei Chen, George Relyea, D. Kimbrough Oller

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Prior research on ambient-language effects in babbling has often suggested infants produce language-specific phonological features within the first year. These results have been questioned in research failing to find such effects and challenging the positive findings on methodological grounds. We studied English- and Chinese-learning infants at 8, 10, and 12 months and found listeners could not detect ambient-language effects in the vast majority of infant utterances, but only in items deemed to be words or to contain canonical syllables that may have made them sound like words with language-specific shapes. Thus, the present research suggests the earliest ambient-language effects may be found in emerging lexical items or in utterances influenced by language-specific features of lexical items. Even the ambient-language effects for infant canonical syllables and words were very small compared with ambient-language effects for meaningless but phonotactically well-formed syllable sequences spoken by adult native speakers of English and Chinese.

原文English
頁(從 - 到)100-126
頁數27
期刊Language Learning and Development
13
發行號1
DOIs
出版狀態Published - 2017 1月 2

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • 教育
  • 語言與語言學
  • 語言和語言學

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