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Academic Paper

Title: Second and third language learners’ sensitivity to Japanese pitch accent is additive: an information-based model of pitch perception
Author: Seth Wiener
Author: Seth Goss
Linguistic Field: Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Phonology
Subject Language: Japanese
Abstract: This study examines second (L2) and third (L3) language learners’ pitch perception. We test the hypothesis that a listener’s discrimination of and sensitivity (d’) to Japanese pitch accent reflects how pitch cues inform all words a listener knows in an additive, nonselective manner rather than how pitch cues inform words in a selective, Japanese-only manner. Six groups of listeners performed a speeded ABX discrimination task in Japanese. Groups were defined by their L1, L2, and L3 experience with the target language’s pitch cues (Japanese), a language with less informative pitch cues (English), or a language with more informative pitch cues (Mandarin Chinese). Results indicate that sensitivity to pitch is better modeled as a function of pitch’s informativeness across all languages a listener speaks. These findings support cue-centric views of perception and transfer, demonstrate potential advantageous transfer of tonal-L1/L2 speakers, and highlight the cumulative role that pitch plays in language learning.


This article appears IN Studies in Second Language Acquisition Vol. 41, Issue 4, which you can READ on Cambridge's site .

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