Cross-language and second language speech perception

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This chapter provides an overview of the main research questions and findings in the areas of second language and cross-language speech perception research, and of the most widely used models that have guided this research. The overview is structured in a way that addresses three overarching topics in cross-language and second language speech perception research: The mapping issue (the perceptual relationship of sounds of the native and the nonnative language in the mind of the native listener and the L2 learner), the perceptual and learning difficulty/ease issue (how this relationship may or may not cause perceptual and learning difficulty), and the plasticity issue (whether and how experience with the nonnative language affects the perceptual organization of speech sounds in the mind of L2 learners). One important general conclusion from this research is that perceptual learning is possible at all ages but will be influenced by the entire language learning history of the individual.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Handbook of Psycholinguistics
EditorsEva M. Fernandez, Helen Smith Cairns
Number of pages27
Publication year2017
ISBN (print)978-1-118-82950-9
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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