Recognition of spoken words in L2 speech using L1 probabilistic phonotactics: Evidence from Cantonese-English bilinguals

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Abstract

This study investigates whether Cantonese-English bilingual listeners make implicit use of their L1 (Cantonese) probabilistic phonotactic information in recognizing spoken words in L2 (English) speech. Previous research in different languages demonstrated that probabilistic phonotactics could serve as a cue to locate the possible word boundary in continuous speech. The use of these kinds of information in L1 may also be used in L2 listening for fluent bilingual listeners. In the present study, a word-spotting experiment was conducted to answer this empirical question. The results revealed that the Cantonese-English bilingual listeners might not make use of all, but some of, the information of L1 probabilistic phonotactics in recognizing spoken words in L2 speech. Copyright © 2016 by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 2016 The 10th International Symposium on Chinese Spoken Language Processing (ISCSLP) (No. 7918429)
EditorsTan LEE, Lei XIE, Jianwu DANG, Hsin-Min WANG, Jianguo WEI, Hui FENG, Qingzhi HOU , Yuan WEI
Place of PublicationDanvers, MA
PublisherIEEE
Pages327-330
ISBN (Electronic)9781509042944
ISBN (Print)9781509042937
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Publication statusPublished - 2016

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Yip, M. C. W. (2016). Recognition of spoken words in L2 speech using L1 probabilistic phonotactics: Evidence from Cantonese-English bilinguals. In T. Lee, L. Xie, J. Dang, H.-M. Wang, J. Wei, H. Feng, et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of 2016 The 10th International Symposium on Chinese Spoken Language Processing (ISCSLP) (pp. 327-330). Danvers, MA: IEEE.

Keywords

  • Cantonese-English bilinguals
  • L1-L2 probabilistic phonotactics
  • Speech segmentation
  • Spoken word recognition