maternal language

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Noun1.maternal language - one's native languagematernal language - one's native language; the language learned by children and passed from one generation to the next
natural language, tongue - a human written or spoken language used by a community; opposed to e.g. a computer language
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Major themes include the politics of sexual difference, maternal language, and maternal symbolism.
Predispositions to distinguish all the phonemic categories in the world are typically deactivated as age advances, and the specialized perception in maternal language is usually completed around the age of 9 (Hoonhorst et al., 2011).
Story comprehension at five years was best predicted by paternal education, maternal language, child gender, and child language development (24-months MacArthur-Bates CDI).
In fact, the constant reference in this story is to my maternal language. I wrote this novel doubly: by imagining it taking place in Kirundi before transcribing the words into French.
Now, Ramu is on a Telegu spree and has been tweeting non- stop in his maternal language.
Table 2 shows examples of maternal language characteristics and mean values from pre- and postsessions.
Analyst Zarko Trajanoski in Dnevnik writes that it is about time to stop the political manipulations of the accession talks and the spreading of the fear that somebody is threatening the identity and maternal language of ethnic Macedonians.
She discusses changes in the meaning of the expression "maternal language" from its original conception as "illiterate variety" to its sixteenth-century notion as traditional local vernacular to be transmitted by the mother to the child.
Research on speech segmentation has indicated that, when facing the problem of segmenting a novel speech stream, be it an unfamiliar or artificial language, the individuals use the patterns from their own maternal language and apply them to the new stimuli (Cutler et al, 1986; Johnson & Jusczyk, 2001; Sanders & Neville, 2000; Vroomen et al.
Early studies of child-addressed speech examined the nature of maternal language input to typically developing (TD) language-normal children (Broen, 1972; Snow, 1972).

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