Overhearing a Language During Childhood

@article{Au2002OverhearingAL,
  title={Overhearing a Language During Childhood},
  author={Terry Kit-fong Au and Leah M. Knightly and Sun-Ah Jun and Janet S. Oh},
  journal={Psychological Science},
  year={2002},
  volume={13},
  pages={238 - 243}
}
Despite its significance for understanding of language acquisition, the role of childhood language experience has been examined only in linguistic deprivation studies focusing on what cannot be learned readily beyond childhood. This study focused instead on long-term effects of what can be learned best during childhood. Our findings revealed that adults learning a language speak with a more nativelike accent if they overheard the language regularly during childhood than if they did not. These… 

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