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ERIC Number: EJ1137159
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Apr
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0267-6583
L1 English/L2 Spanish: Orthography-Phonology Activation without Contrasts
Shea, Christine
Second Language Research, v33 n2 p207-232 Apr 2017
We consider how orthography activates sounds that are in a noncontrastive relationship in the second language (L2) and for which only one variant exists in the first language (L1). Participants were L1 English / L2 Spanish and native Spanish listeners. Intervocalically, Spanish graphemes "b d g" correspond phonetically to stops and approximants (e.g. "lobo" "wolf," lo[ß]o), and in English they correspond only to stops. In Experiment 1, native and L2 Spanish listeners completed cross-modal (written-auditory) and within modal (auditory) priming tasks. Prime-target pairs were counterbalanced for phonetic variant. The results for L2 listeners in the cross-modal condition showed a significant interaction between variant and mode. Experiment 2 used long-term repetition priming to tap into longer-term representations and test whether L1 orthography is activated even when it is not strictly necessary to complete the task. Results for L2 speakers showed priming by both phonetic variants while for native listeners, only approximants showed a priming effect.
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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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