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ERIC Number: EJ1055278
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Apr
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0267-6583
Perception of Non-Native Consonant Length Contrast: The Role of Attention in Phonetic Processing
Porretta, Vincent J.; Tucker, Benjamin V.
Second Language Research, v31 n2 p239-265 Apr 2015
The present investigation examines English speakers' ability to identify and discriminate non-native consonant length contrast. Three groups (L1 English No-Instruction, L1 English Instruction, and L1 Finnish control) performed a speeded forced-choice identification task and a speeded AX discrimination task on Finnish non-words (e.g. /hupo/--/huppo/) which were manipulated for intervocalic consonant duration. The results indicate that basic information, focusing the participants' attention on a particular contrast, assists novice listeners in processing a non-native contrast. We find support for a phonetic level of processing which is intermediate to non-linguistic acoustic processing and phonemic processing at which the phonetic cue of duration becomes significant. We interpret the results in relation to the Speech Learning Model (Flege 1995, 2003).
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
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