Journal article

Japanese co-occurrence restrictions influence second language perception

Alexander J Kilpatrick, Rikke L Bundgaard-Nielsen, Brett J Baker

Applied Psycholinguistics | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2019

Abstract

Most current models of nonnative speech perception (e.g., extended perceptual assimilation model, PAM-L2, Best & Tyler, 2007; speech learning model, Flege, 1995; native language magnet model, Kuhl, 1993) base their predictions on the native/nonnative status of individual phonetic/phonological segments. This paper demonstrates that the phonotactic properties of Japanese influence the perception of natively contrasting consonants and suggests that phonotactic influence must be formally incorporated in these models. We first propose that by extending the perceptual categories outlined in PAM-L2 to incorporate sequences of sounds, we can account for the effects of differences in native and nonna..

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