Speech perception in first and second language acquisition
Title of the course: Speech perception in first and second language acquisition
Teacher: Sharon Peperkamp
Email address: Sharon.Peperkamp@ens.fr
Our speech perception system is optimized for processing all aspects of the sound structure of our native language: segments and suprasegments, phonemic vs. allophonic contrasts, syllable structure, phonotactics, and alternations. Drawing on experimental research with infants and adults, this course addresses two issues concerning language-specific speech perception: How does it develop during first language acquisition? And to what extent can it be retuned during second language acquisition? Special attention will be paid to statistical learning mechanisms and to linguistic and cognitive biases that are at play. We will end by examining consequences for phonological theory.
Monday: From universal to language-specific speech sound perception during the first year of life
Tuesday: Non-native and L2 speech sound perception in adults
Wednesday: Adults’ processing of phonological grammar in L1 and L2, Infants’ acquisition of phonological grammar
Thursday: Linguistic biases in phonological learning: evidence from artificial language learning paradigms
Friday: Consequences for phonological theory
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