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ERIC Number: EJ856661
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0090-6905
Listening with an Accent: Speech Perception in a Second Language by Late Bilinguals
Leikin, Mark; Ibrahim, Raphiq; Eviatar, Zohar; Sapir, Shimon
Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, v38 n5 p447-457 Oct 2009
The goal of the present study was to examine functioning of late bilinguals in their second language. Specifically, we asked how native and non-native Hebrew speaking listeners perceive accented and native-accented Hebrew speech. To achieve this goal we used the gating paradigm to explore the ability of healthy late fluent bilinguals (Russian and Arabic native speakers) to recognize words in L2 (Hebrew) when they were spoken in an accent like their own, a native accent (Hebrew speakers), or another foreign accent (American accent). The data revealed that for Hebrew speakers, there was no effect of accent, whereas for the two bilingual groups (Russian and Arabic native speakers), stimuli with an accent like their own and the native Hebrew accent, required significantly less phonological information than the other foreign accents. The results support the hypothesis that phonological assimilation works in a similar manner in these two different groups.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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