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This paper demonstrates the different factors that can influence and affect late bilinguals' acquisition of a native-like accent in an English L2. This paper reflects upon past theories such as the dominant 'age factor' linked to the Critical Hypothesis Theory and the disadvantages late bilinguals' were thought to have had due to their late start in learning a second language, but their access to native English speakers (NESs). However, those theories have since been ignored in favor of new contemporary research suggesting some late bilinguals' are capable of native-like accent acquisition. The research considers late bilinguals' frequent access to NESs and how often English is used with coworkers, family, and friends outside the home.
Jadwin, Kristie M., "What connections can be found between late bilinguals' interactions in the target language and the level of their non-native accent in English?" (2014). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Theses and Dissertations. 550.