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Evidence for language transfer leading to a perceptual advantage for non-native listeners

Chang, C. B. and Mishler, A. (2012) 'Evidence for language transfer leading to a perceptual advantage for non-native listeners.' Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 132 (4). pp. 2700-2710.

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Abstract

Phonological transfer from the native language is a common problem for non-native speakers that has repeatedly been shown to result in perceptual deficits vis-a-vis native speakers. It was hypothesized, however, that transfer could help, rather than hurt, if it resulted in a beneficial bias. Due to differences in pronunciation norms between Korean and English, Koreans in the U.S. were predicted to be better than Americans at perceiving unreleased stops--not only in their native language (Korean) but also in their non-native language (English). In three experiments, Koreans were found to be significantly more accurate than Americans at identifying unreleased stops in Korean, at identifying unreleased stops in English, and at discriminating between the presence and absence of an unreleased stop in English. Taken together, these results suggest that cross-linguistic transfer is capable of boosting speech perception by non-natives beyond native levels.

Item Type: Articles
SOAS Departments & Centres: Faculty of Languages and Cultures > Department of Linguistics
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
P Language and Literature > PE English
P Language and Literature > PI Oriental languages and literatures
ISSN: 0001-4966
Copyright Statement: Copyright 2012 Acoustical Society of America. This article may be downloaded for personal use only. Any other use requires prior permission of the author and the Acoustical Society of America. The following article appeared in Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 132(4), 2700-2710, and may be found at http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.4747615.
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): 10.1121/1.4747615
Depositing User: Dr. Charles Chang
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2014 08:51
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/18996

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