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ERIC Number: EJ850907
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jan
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0090-6905
The Effect of Language Immersion Education on the Preattentive Perception of Native and Non-Native Vowel Contrasts
Peltola, Maija S.; Tuomainen, Outi; Koskinen, Mira; Aaltonen, Olli
Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, v36 n1 p15-23 Jan 2007
Proficiency in a second language (L2) may depend upon the age of exposure and the continued use of the mother tongue (L1) during L2 acquisition. The effect of early L2 exposure on the preattentive perception of native and non-native vowel contrasts was studied by measuring the mismatch negativity (MMN) response from 14-year-old children. The test group consisted of six Finnish children who had participated in English immersion education. The control group consisted of eight monolingual Finns. The subjects were presented with Finnish and English synthetic vowel contrasts. The aim was to see whether early exposure had resulted in the development of a new language-specific memory trace for the contrast phonemically irrelevant in L1. The results indicated that only the contrast with the largest acoustic distance elicited an MMN response in the Bilingual group, while the Monolingual group showed a response also to the native contrast. This may suggest that native-like memory traces for prototypical vowels were not formed in early language immersion.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Finland