Effects of language experience on the discrimination of the Portuguese palatal lateral by nonnative listeners

Daniela Santos Oliveira, Devin Casenhiser, Mark Hedrick, António Teixeira, Ferenc Bunta

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate (1) whether manner or place takes precedence over the other during a phonological category discrimination task and (2) whether this pattern of precedence persists during the early stages of acquisition of the L2. In doing so, we investigated the Portuguese palatal lateral approximant /ʎ/ since it differs from English /l/ only by the place of articulation, and from English /j/ only by the manner of articulation. Our results indicate that monolinguals’ perception of the non-native sound is dominated by manner while Portuguese learners show a different pattern of results. The results are interpreted as being consistent with evidence suggesting that manner may be neurophysiologically dominant over place of articulation. The study adds further details to the literature on the effects of experience on language acquisition, and has significant clinical implications for bilingualism in general, and foreign accent training, in particular.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)569-583
Number of pages15
JournalClinical Linguistics and Phonetics
Volume30
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2 2016

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Multilingualism
Sodium Glutamate
multilingualism
language acquisition
listener
Language
discrimination
language
evidence
experience
literature
Discrimination (Psychology)
Listeners
Palatals
Discrimination
Place of Articulation

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  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Speech and Hearing

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Effects of language experience on the discrimination of the Portuguese palatal lateral by nonnative listeners. / Santos Oliveira, Daniela; Casenhiser, Devin; Hedrick, Mark; Teixeira, António; Bunta, Ferenc.

In: Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics, Vol. 30, No. 8, 02.08.2016, p. 569-583.

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