Spoken word recognition of L2 using probabilistic phonotactics in L1: Evidence from Cantonese-English bilinguals

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Abstract

Previous research in various languages has demonstrated that probabilistic phonotactics may serve as a cue to locate the beginnings and endings of spoken words in speech. It was hypothesized these types of information in L1 might also be used in spoken word recognition of L2 by fluent bilingual listeners. The present study used a word-spotting experiment investigate whether Cantonese-English bilingual listeners make use of their L1 (Cantonese) probabilistic phonotactic information in recognizing spoken words in L2 (English) speech. The results showed that the Cantonese-English bilingual listeners made use of L1 probabilistic phonotactics to recognize L2 words in speech. Copyright © 2020 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Article number101287
JournalLanguage Sciences
Volume80
Early online dateApr 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2020

Citation

Yip, M. C. W. (2020). Spoken word recognition of L2 using probabilistic phonotactics in L1: Evidence from Cantonese-English bilinguals. Language Sciences, 80. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1016/j.langsci.2020.101287

Keywords

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

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