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Article: Better than native: Tone language experience enhances English lexical stress discrimination in Cantonese-English bilingual listeners

TitleBetter than native: Tone language experience enhances English lexical stress discrimination in Cantonese-English bilingual listeners
Authors
KeywordsTone language expertise
Second language learning
Lexical stress
Lexical tone
Cross-language speech perception
Issue Date2019
PublisherElsevier BV. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/cognit
Citation
Cognition, 2019, v. 189, p. 188-192 How to Cite?
AbstractWhile many second language (L2) listeners are known to struggle when discriminating non-native features absent in their first language (L1), no study has reported that L2 listeners perform better than native listeners in this regard. The present study tested whether Cantonese-English bilinguals were better in discriminating English lexical stress in individual words or pseudowords than native English listeners, even though lexical stress is absent in Cantonese. In experiments manipulating acoustic, phonotactic, and lexical cues, Cantonese-English bilingual adults exhibited superior performance in discriminating English lexical stress than native English listeners across all phonotactic/lexical conditions when the fundamental frequency (f0) cue to lexical stress was present. The findings underscore the facilitative effect of Cantonese tone language experience on English lexical stress discrimination.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/274070
ISSN
2021 Impact Factor: 4.011
2020 SCImago Journal Rankings: 2.080
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dc.contributor.authorChoi, W-
dc.contributor.authorTong, X-
dc.contributor.authorSamuel, AG-
dc.date.accessioned2019-08-18T14:54:28Z-
dc.date.available2019-08-18T14:54:28Z-
dc.date.issued2019-
dc.identifier.citationCognition, 2019, v. 189, p. 188-192-
dc.identifier.issn0010-0277-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/274070-
dc.description.abstractWhile many second language (L2) listeners are known to struggle when discriminating non-native features absent in their first language (L1), no study has reported that L2 listeners perform better than native listeners in this regard. The present study tested whether Cantonese-English bilinguals were better in discriminating English lexical stress in individual words or pseudowords than native English listeners, even though lexical stress is absent in Cantonese. In experiments manipulating acoustic, phonotactic, and lexical cues, Cantonese-English bilingual adults exhibited superior performance in discriminating English lexical stress than native English listeners across all phonotactic/lexical conditions when the fundamental frequency (f0) cue to lexical stress was present. The findings underscore the facilitative effect of Cantonese tone language experience on English lexical stress discrimination.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherElsevier BV. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/cognit-
dc.relation.ispartofCognition-
dc.subjectTone language expertise-
dc.subjectSecond language learning-
dc.subjectLexical stress-
dc.subjectLexical tone-
dc.subjectCross-language speech perception-
dc.titleBetter than native: Tone language experience enhances English lexical stress discrimination in Cantonese-English bilingual listeners-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailTong, X: xltong@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.authorityTong, X=rp01546-
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dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.cognition.2019.04.004-
dc.identifier.pmid30991274-
dc.identifier.scopuseid_2-s2.0-85064162056-
dc.identifier.hkuros301835-
dc.identifier.hkuros324159-
dc.identifier.volume189-
dc.identifier.spage188-
dc.identifier.epage192-
dc.identifier.isiWOS:000472693900018-
dc.publisher.placeNetherlands-
dc.identifier.issnl0010-0277-

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