Developmental study of foreign language pronunciation

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Abstract

106 4-9 yr olds were asked to pronounce French words that they heard pronounced by a native French speaker. On a pretest and a posttest, the experimenter said each word, and the S repeated it once. In a training session, the experimenter said each word, and the S repeated it 3 times. Pronunciations were scored for similarity to native French. Pronunciations were better on posttest than on pretest. There was a significant quadratic trend in the posttest scores; pronunciations improved with age up to 8 and 9 yrs and decreased thereafter. (11 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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