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ERIC Number: EJ781383
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jan
Pages: 30
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 52
ISSN: ISSN-0267-6583
Lexical and Statistical Evidence in the Acquisition of Second Language Phonemes
Hayes-Harb, Rachel
Second Language Research, v23 n1 p65-94 Jan 2007
Adults can often improve their perception of novel phoneme contrasts with exposure to a second language, but there is yet little understanding of how they accomplish this. The primary aim of this study was to compare two types of evidence that learners might use to learn the phonemes of second language: minimal pairs, or the lexicon, and statistical information. It was found that adults show evidence of perceptual learning based on statistical information alone, but that the availability of minimal pairs leads to more accurate perception of a novel contrast. In a follow-up experiment, it was found that adults can exhibit knowledge of a novel contrast without yet being able to use the contrast to distinguish words in a lexical task. (Contains 3 figures, 4 tables and 5 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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