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Academic Paper

Title: Using Prosody To Predict Upcoming Referents In The L1 And The L2: The Role Of Recent Exposure
Author: Anouschka Foltz
Linguistic Field: Language Acquisition
Subject Language: English
Abstract: While monolingual speakers can use contrastive pitch accents to predict upcoming referents, bilingual speakers do not always use this cue predictively in their L2. The current study examines the role of recent exposure for predictive processing in native German (L1) second language learners of English (L2). In Experiment 1, participants followed instructions to click on two successive objects, for example, Click on the red carrot/duck. Click on the green/GREEN carrot (where CAPS indicate a contrastive L + H* accent). Participants predicted a repeated noun following a L + H* accent in the L1, but not in the L2, where processing was delayed. Experiment 2 shows that after an exposure period with highly consistent prosodic cues, bilinguals engaged in predictive processing in both their L1 and L2. However, inconsistent prosodic cues showed different effects on bilinguals’ L1 and L2 predictive processing. The results are discussed in terms of exposure-based and resource-deficit models of processing.


This article appears IN Studies in Second Language Acquisition Vol. 43, Issue 4, which you can READ on Cambridge's site .

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