Machiko And Shuji: A Phonological Analysis

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Seeing the difference in learning languages between Machiko and Shuji is their age, it shows the existence of a critical period for language. If an individual learns a language between the age of 5 years and puberty, they are just as successful as an individual who is a native speaker in that language. Due to the fact that Machiko learned English after her critical period, she will have an inadequate phonological development in English. Phonological development is the acquisition of knowledge about the sound system of a language. Machiko will not be as knowledgeable because “r” and “l” sounds are not important in Japanese, but are essential in English. Machiko’s youngest brother, Shuji, will have no difficulty in attaining a successful phonological

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