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Perception of L2 morphophonology by Mandarin learners of English. (CLaS-CCD Research Colloquium Series)

Speaker : Ms Valeria Peretokina, The MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development, Western Sydney University.
Date : 24th of February 2017, 1:00PM until 2:00PM
Location : Australian Hearing Hub, Level 3, Room 3.310, Macquarie University.

    Certain second language (L2) morphophonological features, for instance L2-English coda consonants that encode grammatical inflections, are challenging to acquire. Learners often demonstrate variable use of these units in speech production and insensitivity to inflectional errors in reading comprehension. The current study seeks to explore how these morphophonological structures are perceived in spoken L2. In this talk, we present the results of self-paced listening and phoneme monitoring experiments targeting Mandarin listeners’ perception of L2-English coda consonants. We discuss how L2 perceptual patterns are affected by processing demands of each task as well as by L1-L2 congruency, morphological complexity, grammaticality, and utterance position of the target morphophonological features.

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