Child L2 development: a longitudinal case study on Voice Onset Times in word-initial stops.

Abstract

This paper reports the results of a longitudinal case study examining the acquisition of the English voice system by a three-year-old native speaker of Dutch. The study aims to examine whether the child develops two different phonetic systems or uses just one system for both languages, and compares the early L2 acquisition process with L1, simultaneous bilingual and late L2 acquisition. The results reveal that the child successfully acquires the English contrast between short-lag and long-lag stops, but gradually changes the Dutch system, which contrasts prevoiced with short-lag stops, into the direction of the English system.

DOI: 10.1017/S0305000909009386

Cite this paper

@article{Simon2010ChildLD, title={Child L2 development: a longitudinal case study on Voice Onset Times in word-initial stops.}, author={Ellen Simon}, journal={Journal of child language}, year={2010}, volume={37 1}, pages={159-73} }