L2 phonological category formation and discrimination in learners varying in L2 experience

Mona M. Faris, Catherine T. Best, Michael D. Tyler

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Abstract

Non-native phones that are perceived as speech-like, but do not closely resemble any single first-language (L1) category, are assimilated as uncategorised. The Perceptual Assimilation Model for Second-Language (L2) Speech Learning [1] predicts that such phones are likely to be acquired as L2 categories, which should result in improvements in discrimination. This study investigated the acquisition of uncategorised L2 phones and discrimination performance in L1 Egyptian-Arabic learners varying in L2 Australian-English experience. While no firm conclusions can yet be drawn about L2 category formation, age of acquisition and L2 vocabulary size predicted discrimination accuracy, but this was dependent upon assimilation type
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Sixteenth Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology
EditorsChristopher Carignan, Michael D. Tyler
Pages41-44
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes
EventAustralasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology (16th : 2016) - Parramatta, Australia
Duration: 6 Dec 20169 Dec 2016
Conference number: 16th

Conference

ConferenceAustralasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology (16th : 2016)
Abbreviated titleSST2016
CountryAustralia
CityParramatta
Period6/12/169/12/16

Keywords

  • vowel perception
  • L2 immersion
  • individual variability

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