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Online Assessment of Cross-Linguistic Similarity as a Measure of L2 Perceptual Categorization Accuracy
Cebrian, Juli (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament de Filologia Anglesa i de Germanística)
Mora, Joan C. (Universitat de Barcelona. Departament de Llengües i Literatures Modernes i d'Estudis Anglesos)

Data: 2024
Descripció: 24 pàg.
Resum: The effect of cross-linguistic similarity on the development of target-like categories in a second or additional language is widely attested. Research also shows that second-language speakers may access both their native and the second-language lexicons when processing second-language speech. Forty-three Catalan learners of English performed a perceptual assimilation task evaluating the perceived similarity between English and Catalan vowels and also participated in a visual world eye-tracking experiment investigating between-language lexical competition. The focus of the study was the English vowel contrasts /iː/-/ɪ/ and /æ/-/ʌ/. The perceptual task confirmed that English /iː/ and /æ/were perceptually closer to native Catalan categories than English /ɪ/ and /ʌ/. The results of the spoken word recognition task indicated that learners experienced greater competition from native words when the target words contained English /iː/ and /æ/, illustrating a close link between the two types of tasks. However, differences in the magnitude of cross-language lexical competition were found to be only weakly related to learners' degree of perceived similarity to native categories at an individual level. We conclude that online tasks provide a potentially effective method of assessing cross-linguistic similarity without the concerns inherent to more traditional offline approaches.
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Llengua: Anglès
Document: Article ; recerca ; Versió publicada
Publicat a: Languages, Vol. 9 Núm. 5 (2024) , article 152, ISSN 2226-471X

DOI: 10.3390/languages9050152


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