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ERIC Number: EJ935996
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jul
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
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ISSN: ISSN-1366-7289
Learning to Parse Liaison-Initial Words: An Eye-Tracking Study
Tremblay, Annie
Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, v14 n3 p257-279 Jul 2011
This study investigates the processing of resyllabified words by native English speakers at three proficiency levels in French and by native French speakers. In particular, it examines non-native listeners' development of a parsing procedure for recognizing vowel-initial words in the context of liaison, a process that creates a misalignment of the syllable and word boundaries in French. The participants completed an eye-tracking experiment in which they identified liaison- and consonant-initial real and nonce words in auditory stimuli. The results show that the non-native listeners had little difficulty recognizing liaison-initial real words, and they recognized liaison-initial nonce words more rapidly than consonant-initial ones. By contrast, native listeners recognized consonant-initial real and nonce words more rapidly than liaison-initial ones. These results suggest that native and non-native listeners used different parsing procedures for recognizing liaison-initial words in the task, with the non-native listeners' ability to segment liaison-initial words being phonologically abstract rather than lexical.
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Language: English
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