論文

査読有り
2011年1月

Neural Correlates of Foreign-language Learning in Childhood: A 3-Year Longitudinal ERP Study

JOURNAL OF COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE
  • Shiro Ojima
  • ,
  • Naoko Nakamura
  • ,
  • Hiroko Matsuba-Kurita
  • ,
  • Takahiro Hoshino
  • ,
  • Hiroko Hagiwara

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開始ページ
183
終了ページ
199
記述言語
英語
掲載種別
研究論文(学術雑誌)
DOI
10.1162/jocn.2010.21425
出版者・発行元
MIT PRESS

A foreign language (a language not spoken in one's community) is difficult to master completely. Early introduction of foreign-language (FL) education during childhood is becoming a standard in many countries. However, the neural process of child FL learning still remains largely unknown. We longitudinally followed 322 school-age children with diverse FL proficiency for three consecutive years, and acquired children's ERP responses to FL words that were semantically congruous or incongruous with the preceding picture context. As FL proficiency increased, various ERP components previously reported in mother-tongue (L1) acquisition (such as a broad negativity, an N400, and a late positive component) appeared sequentially, critically in an identical order to L1 acquisition. This finding was supported not only by cross-sectional analyses of children at different proficiency levels but also by longitudinal analyses of the same children over time. Our data are consistent with the hypothesis that FL learning in childhood reproduces identical developmental stages in an identical order to L1 acquisition, suggesting that the nature of the child's brain itself may determine the normal course of FL learning. Future research should test the generalizability of the results in other aspects of language such as syntax.

Web of Science ® 被引用回数 : 14

リンク情報
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1162/jocn.2010.21425
Web of Science
https://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcAuth=JSTA_CEL&SrcApp=J_Gate_JST&DestLinkType=FullRecord&KeyUT=WOS:000282395100013&DestApp=WOS_CPL
ID情報
  • DOI : 10.1162/jocn.2010.21425
  • ISSN : 0898-929X
  • Web of Science ID : WOS:000282395100013

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