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Query Details

Query Subject:   Question on L2 speech perception
Author:   Shinichi TOKUMA
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Language Acquisition

Query:   Dear linguists,

I'm posting this mail on behalf of one of my colleagues who is
interested in L2 speech perception and recently asked if there was any
paper/study which proved/disproved phonetically or psychologically
that ''L2 learners are weak in noise''(i.e. the listening comprehension
score of L2 learners is more influenced by noise by that of L1

He observed the phenomenon from his personal teaching
experience that his Japanese students cannot comprehend some English
sounds in an noisy environment which the same students can tell 100%
in a quiet language laboratory. I've had a similar experience, and we
wondered if it has been proven, or it is just our imagination.

Can anybody help us?

Thank you very much.

Shinichi TOKUMA (Dr)
Dept of English Language and Literature,
Sagami Women's University,
2-1-1, Bunkyo, Sagami-hara, 228-8533,
Kanagawa, JAPAN
LL Issue: 11.587
Date posted: 16-Mar-2000


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