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ERIC Number: EJ834322
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0749-596X
The Effect of Experience on the Perception and Representation of Dialect Variants
Sumner, Meghan; Samuel, Arthur G.
Journal of Memory and Language, v60 n4 p487-501 May 2009
The task of recognizing spoken words is notoriously difficult. Once dialectal variation is considered, the difficulty of this task increases. When living in a new dialect region, however, processing difficulties associated with dialectal variation dissipate over time. Through a series of primed lexical decision tasks (form priming, semantic priming, and long-term repetition priming), we examine the general issue of dialectal variation in spoken word recognition, while investigating the role of experience in perception and representation. The main questions we address are: (1) how are cross-dialect variants recognized and stored, and (2) how are these variants accommodated by listeners with different levels of exposure to the dialect? Three claims are made based on the results: (1) dialect production is not always representative of dialect perception and representation, (2) experience strongly affects a listener's ability to recognize and represent spoken words, and (3) there is a general benefit for variants that are not regionally-marked. (Contains 3 figures and 7 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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