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Effects of the Native Language on the Learning of Fundamental Frequency in Second-Language Speech Segmentation

Title
Effects of the Native Language on the Learning of Fundamental Frequency in Second-Language Speech Segmentation
Author
최지연
Keywords
second language; speech segmentation; prosody; eye tracking; French
Issue Date
2016-06
Publisher
FRONTIERS MEDIA SA
Citation
FRONTIERS IN PSYCHOLOGY, v. 7, Page. 985-985
Abstract
This study investigates whether the learning of prosodic cues to word boundaries in speech segmentation is more difficult if the native and second/foreign languages (L1 and L2) have similar (though non-identical) prosodies than if they have markedly different prosodies (Prosodic-Learning Interference Hypothesis). It does so by comparing French, Korean, and English listeners' use of fundamental-frequency (F0) rise as a cue to word-final boundaries in French. F0 rise signals phrase-final boundaries in French and Korean but word-initial boundaries in English. Korean-speaking and English-speaking L2 learners of French, who were matched in their French proficiency and French experience, and native French listeners completed a visual-world eye-tracking experiment in which they recognized words whose final boundary was or was not cued by an increase in F0. The results showed that Korean listeners had greater difficulty using F0 rise as a cue to word-final boundaries in French than French and English listeners. This suggests that L1-L2 prosodic similarity can make the learning of an L2 segmentation cue difficult, in line with the proposed Prosodic-Learning Interference Hypothesis. We consider mechanisms that may underlie this difficulty and discuss the implications of our findings for understanding listeners' phonological encoding of L2 words.
URI
https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00985/fullhttps://repository.hanyang.ac.kr/handle/20.500.11754/71904
ISSN
1664-1078
DOI
10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00985
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