Perceptual Attrition of Lexical Tone among L1 Yoruba-speaking Children in Canada

with Saliu Shittu

Published in Proceedings of BUCLD39 - Online Supplement, 2015

Recommended citation: Shittu, S. and A.M. Tesser. (2015). "Perceptual Attrition of Lexical Tone among L1 Yoruba-speaking Children in Canada" BUCLD39 Proceedings - Online Supplement. http://www.bu.edu/bucld/files/2015/06/Shittu.pdf

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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