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Academic Paper

Title: Evidence for language transfer leading to a perceptual advantage for non-native listeners
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Author: Charles B. Chang
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Institution: Boston University
Linguistic Field: Language Acquisition; Phonetics
Subject Language: English
Abstract: Phonological transfer from the native language is a common problem for non-native speakers that has repeatedly been shown to result in perceptual deficits vis-a-vis native speakers. It was hypothesized, however, that transfer could help, rather than hurt, if it resulted in a beneficial bias. Due to differences in pronunciation norms between Korean and English, Koreans in the U.S. were predicted to be better than Americans at perceiving unreleased stops -- not only in their native language (Korean), but also in their non-native language (English). In three experiments, Koreans were found to be significantly more accurate than Americans at identifying unreleased stops in Korean; at identifying unreleased stops in English; and at discriminating between the presence and absence of an unreleased stop in English. Taken together, these results suggest that cross-linguistic transfer is capable of boosting speech perception by non-natives beyond native levels.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Publication Info: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 132(4), 2700-2710.
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