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Foreign Accent in Pre- and Primary School Heritage Bilinguals

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Department of Linguistics, University of Konstanz, 78464 Konstanz, Germany
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Department of Language and Culture, UiT The Arctic University of Norway, 9019 Tromsø, Norway
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Languages 2021, 6(2), 96; https://doi.org/10.3390/languages6020096
Received: 5 March 2021 / Revised: 12 May 2021 / Accepted: 14 May 2021 / Published: 24 May 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Social and Psychological Factors in Bilingual Speech Production)
Previous research has shown that the two languages of early bilingual children can influence each other, depending on the linguistic property, while adult bilinguals predominantly show influence from the majority language to the minority (heritage) language. While this observed shift in influence patterns is probably related to a shift in dominance between early childhood and adulthood, there is little data documenting it. Our study investigates the perceived global accent in the two languages of German-Russian bilingual children in Germany, comparing 4–6-year-old (preschool) children and 7–9-year-old (primary school) children. The results indicate that in German the older children sound less accented than the younger children, while the opposite is true for Russian. This suggests that the primary school years are a critical period for heritage language maintenance. View Full-Text
Keywords: global foreign accent; accent rating; heritage language; majority language; preschool children; school children; Russian; German global foreign accent; accent rating; heritage language; majority language; preschool children; school children; Russian; German
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Kupisch, T.; Kolb, N.; Rodina, Y.; Urek, O. Foreign Accent in Pre- and Primary School Heritage Bilinguals. Languages 2021, 6, 96. https://doi.org/10.3390/languages6020096

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Kupisch T, Kolb N, Rodina Y, Urek O. Foreign Accent in Pre- and Primary School Heritage Bilinguals. Languages. 2021; 6(2):96. https://doi.org/10.3390/languages6020096

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Kupisch, Tanja, Nadine Kolb, Yulia Rodina, and Olga Urek. 2021. "Foreign Accent in Pre- and Primary School Heritage Bilinguals" Languages 6, no. 2: 96. https://doi.org/10.3390/languages6020096

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