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  Perception of birth language tone contrasts by adopted Chinese children

Zhou, W., & Broersma, M. (2014). Perception of birth language tone contrasts by adopted Chinese children. In C. Gussenhoven, Y. Chen, & D. Dediu (Eds.), Proceedings of the 4th International Symposium on Tonal Aspects of Language (pp. 63-66).

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Zhou, Wencui1, 2, 3, Author              
Broersma, Mirjam4, Author              
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1Language Acquisition Department, MPI for Psycholinguistics, Max Planck Society, ou_792546              
2International Max Planck Research School for Language Sciences, MPI for Psycholinguistics, Max Planck Society, Nijmegen, NL, ou_1119545              
3Other Research, MPI for Psycholinguistics, Max Planck Society, Nijmegen, NL, ou_55217              
4Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, ou_persistent22              

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 Abstract: The present study investigates how long after adoption adoptees forget the phonology of their birth language. Chinese children who were adopted by Dutch families were tested on the perception of birth language tone contrasts before, during, and after perceptual training. Experiment 1 investigated Cantonese tone 2 (High-Rising) and tone 5 (Low-Rising), and Experiment 2 investigated Mandarin tone 2 (High-Rising) and tone 3 (Low-Dipping). In both experiments, participants were adoptees and non-adopted Dutch controls. Results of both experiments show that the tone contrasts were very difficult to perceive for the adoptees, and that adoptees were not better at perceiving the tone contrasts than their non-adopted Dutch peers, before or after training. This demonstrates that forgetting took place relatively soon after adoption, and that the re-exposure that the adoptees were presented with did not lead to an improvement greater than that of the Dutch control participants. Thus, the findings confirm what has been anecdotally reported by adoptees and their parents, but what had not been empirically tested before, namely that birth language forgetting occurs very soon after adoption

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 20142014
 Publication Status: Published online
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Title: 4th International Symposium on Tonal Aspects of Language
Place of Event: Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Start-/End Date: 2014-05-13 - 2014-05-16

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Title: Proceedings of the 4th International Symposium on Tonal Aspects of Language
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Gussenhoven, C.1, Editor
Chen, Y., Editor
Dediu, Dan1, Editor            
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1 Language and Genetics Department, MPI for Psycholinguistics, Max Planck Society, ou_792549            
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