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LINGUIST List 17.1837

Tue Jun 20 2006

Books: Lang Acquisition/Phonology/Psycholing: Heeren

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        1.    K. van den Heuvel, Perceptual Development of Phoneme Contrasts in Adults and Children: Heeren

Message 1: Perceptual Development of Phoneme Contrasts in Adults and Children: Heeren
Date: 19-Jun-2006
From: K. van den Heuvel <lotlet.uu.nl>
Subject: Perceptual Development of Phoneme Contrasts in Adults and Children: Heeren

Title: Perceptual Development of Phoneme Contrasts in Adults and
Series Title: LOT Dissertation Series
Published: 2006
Publisher: Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics / Landelijke

Book URL: http://www.lotpublications.nl

Author: Willemijn Heeren, Utrecht Institute of Linguistics
Electronic: ISBN: 9789078328018 Pages: 196 Price: U.S. $
Paperback: ISBN: 9789078328018 Pages: 196 Price: Europe EURO 21.78

This thesis reports on a series of experiments on the acquisition of speech
perception. The two questions central to this research are: (i) how do
listeners learn to distinguish phoneme contrasts, and (ii) do children
differ from adults in the way they acquire phoneme contrasts?

A listener's perception is tuned to the speech sounds present in his or her
native language. This means that listeners are very good at perceiving the
small, but crucial difference between two acoustically similar speech
sounds that differ linguistically. However, they have difficulty perceiving
an equally small acoustic difference between two speech sounds that do not
differ linguistically, i.e. two speech sounds taken from the same phoneme
category. The first goal of this investigation is to study how the
perception of speech sound contrasts develops to yield such efficient
processing. In addition, the question is raised whether perception in child
learners develops in the same way as in adult learners. As children differ
from adults in the way they perceive their first language phoneme
contrasts, the learning of new contrasts may also show differences between
these groups of listeners.

The results show that school-aged children and adults learn phoneme
contrasts in similar ways. Furthermore, it is shown that perceptual
development of second language phoneme contrasts is a long-lasting process,
but also that perceptual sensitivity to particular acoustic differences can
become native-like.

Perceptual Development of Phoneme Contrasts in Adults and Children is of
interest to researchers working in the fields of phonetics,
psycholinguistics, phonology and language acquisition.

Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition

Subject Language(s): Dutch (nld)
                            English (eng)
                            Finnish (fin)
Language Family(ies): English

Written In: English (eng )

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