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ERIC Number: EJ1034530
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-1092-4388
Bilinguals Use Language-Specific Articulatory Settings
Wilson, Ian; Gick, Bryan
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, v57 n2 p361-373 Apr 2014
Purpose: Previous work has shown that monolingual French and English speakers use distinct articulatory settings, the underlying articulatory posture of a language. In the present article, the authors report on an experiment in which they investigated articulatory settings in bilingual speakers. The authors first tested the hypothesis that in order to sound native-like, bilinguals must use distinct, language-specific articulatory settings in monolingual mode. The authors then tested the hypothesis that in bilingual mode, a bilingual individual's articulatory setting is identical to the monolingual-mode setting of 1 of his or her languages. Method: Eight French-English bilinguals each read 90 English and 90 French sentences, and the authors measured their interspeech posture (ISP) using optical tracking of the lips and jaw and ultrasound imaging of the tongue. Results: Results show that bilingual speakers who are perceived as native in both languages exhibit distinct, language-specific ISPs, and those who are not perceived as native in one or more languages do not. In bilingual mode, bilinguals use an ISP that is equivalent to the monolingual-mode ISP of their currently most used language. The most balanced bilingual used a French lip ISP but an English tongue-tip ISP. Conclusion: Results support the claim that bilinguals who sound native in each of their languages have distinct articulatory settings for each language.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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