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Article: Production benefits of childhood overhearing

TitleProduction benefits of childhood overhearing
Authors
Issue Date2003
PublisherAcoustical Society of America. The Journal's web site is located at http://asa.aip.org/jasa.html
Citation
Journal Of The Acoustical Society Of America, 2003, v. 114 n. 1, p. 465-474 How to Cite?
AbstractThe current study assessed whether overhearing Spanish during childhood helps later Spanish pronunciation in adulthood. Our preliminary report based on a subset of the data [Au et al., Psychol. Sci. 13, 238-243 (2002)] revealed that adults who overheard Spanish during childhood had better Spanish pronunciation, but not better morphosyntax, than adult learners of Spanish who had no childhood experience with Spanish. We now present data from the full sample with additional morphosyntax and pronunciation assessments, as well as measures to help rule out possible confounding prosodic factors such as speech rate, phrasing, and stress placement. Three groups of undergraduates were compared: 15 Spanish-English bilinguals (native Spanish speakers), 15 late learners of Spanish who overheard Spanish during childhood (childhood overhearers), 15 late learners of Spanish who had no regular experience with Spanish until middle or high school (typical late L2 learners). Results confirmed a pronunciation advantage for the childhood overhearers over the typical late L2 learners on all measures: phonetic analyses (VOT and degree of lenition), accent ratings (phoneme and story production), but no benefit in morphosyntax. Importantly, the pronunciation advantage did not seem attributable to prosodic factors. These findings illustrate the specificity of overhearers' advantage to phonological production. © 2003 Acoustical Society of America.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/42604
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dc.contributor.authorJun, SAen_HK
dc.contributor.authorOh, JSen_HK
dc.contributor.authorAu, TKFen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2007-03-23T04:27:29Z-
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dc.date.issued2003en_HK
dc.identifier.citationJournal Of The Acoustical Society Of America, 2003, v. 114 n. 1, p. 465-474en_HK
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dc.description.abstractThe current study assessed whether overhearing Spanish during childhood helps later Spanish pronunciation in adulthood. Our preliminary report based on a subset of the data [Au et al., Psychol. Sci. 13, 238-243 (2002)] revealed that adults who overheard Spanish during childhood had better Spanish pronunciation, but not better morphosyntax, than adult learners of Spanish who had no childhood experience with Spanish. We now present data from the full sample with additional morphosyntax and pronunciation assessments, as well as measures to help rule out possible confounding prosodic factors such as speech rate, phrasing, and stress placement. Three groups of undergraduates were compared: 15 Spanish-English bilinguals (native Spanish speakers), 15 late learners of Spanish who overheard Spanish during childhood (childhood overhearers), 15 late learners of Spanish who had no regular experience with Spanish until middle or high school (typical late L2 learners). Results confirmed a pronunciation advantage for the childhood overhearers over the typical late L2 learners on all measures: phonetic analyses (VOT and degree of lenition), accent ratings (phoneme and story production), but no benefit in morphosyntax. Importantly, the pronunciation advantage did not seem attributable to prosodic factors. These findings illustrate the specificity of overhearers' advantage to phonological production. © 2003 Acoustical Society of America.en_HK
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dc.subject.meshLanguage developmenten_HK
dc.subject.meshMultilingualismen_HK
dc.subject.meshPhoneticsen_HK
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dc.subject.meshSpeech production measurementen_HK
dc.titleProduction benefits of childhood overhearingen_HK
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