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Title:Perceptual learning in Hindi-English bilinguals
Author(s):Schuhmann, Katharina S.
Subject(s):Phonology
Perceptual learning
Language acquisition
Hindi
English
Bilingualism
Abstract:This study investigates whether perceptual learning (e.g. Norris, McQueen & Cutler 2003; Eisner & McQueen 2005; Kraljic & Samuel 2006, 2007; Kraljic, Samuel & Brennan 2008) has cross- linguistic effects in Hindi-English bilinguals. We hypothesized that perceptual learning in bilingual listeners generalizes across languages to similar phonemes in an untrained language. In particular, this study tested whether perceptual learning generalizes from the English velar stop contrast to stop contrasts at various places of articulation in Hindi (velar, retroflex, and dental stops). Hindi-English bilinguals listened to English words containing ambiguously voiced velar stops. In a subsequent categorization task, the bilinguals showed marginal perceptual learning effects for English velar stops but no effects for any of the tested Hindi stop contrasts. The results suggest that perceptual learning effects in stops are specific to the language of training in bilinguals whose languages differ in their phoneme inventories and/or the phonetic realization of the relevant phoneme contrasts.
Issue Date:2012-12-14
Publisher:Studies in the Linguistic Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Citation Info:Studies in the Linguistic Sciences: Illinois Working Papers 2012: 81-99
Genre:Article
Type:Text
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/35300
ISSN:0049-2388
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed:is peer reviewed
Rights Information:Copyright © 2012 Katharina S. Schuhmann
Date Available in IDEALS:2012-12-14


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