This paper reports a study of tonal perception and attrition in Yoruba (NigerCongo), among children aged 8-15 and their parents living in an English-dominant environment. The overall results show a rapid loss of tone perception among children, and also indicate grammatical asymmetries (e.g. greater accuracy for High tone) which match previous work on Yoruba tone.
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