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Perceptual Assimilation and L2 Learning: Evidence from the Perception of Southern British English Vowels by Native Speakers of Greek and Japanese

Lengeris, Angelos (2009) Perceptual Assimilation and L2 Learning: Evidence from the Perception of Southern British English Vowels by Native Speakers of Greek and Japanese. Phonetica, 66 (3). pp. 169-187. ISSN 0031-8388. E-ISSN 1423-0321. (doi:10.1159/000235659) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

This study examined the extent to which previous experience with duration in first language (L1) vowel distinctions affects the use of duration when perceiving vowels in a second language (L2). Native speakers of Greek (where duration is not used to differentiate vowels) and Japanese (where vowels are distinguished by duration) first identified and rated the eleven English monophthongs, embedded in /bVb/ and /bVp/ contexts, in terms of their L1 categories and then carried out discrimination tests on those English vowels. The results demonstrated that both L2 groups were sensitive to durational cues when perceiving the English vowels. However, listeners were found to temporally assimilate L2 vowels to L1 category/categories. Temporal information was available in discrimination only when the listeners’ L1 duration category/categories did not interfere with the target duration categories and hence the use of duration in such cases cannot be attributed to its perceptual salience as has been proposed

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1159/000235659
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages > English Language and Linguistics
Depositing User: Angelos Lengeris
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2017 19:14 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 19:07 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/61982 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Lengeris, Angelos: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8057-0542
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