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Mechanisms in non-native speech perception

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Our speech perception is shaped by the phonetics and phonology of our native language. That is, sounds and sound sequences that do not occur in our language tend to be distorted and perceived as native ones. Adult learners therefore have difficulty not only with the production but also with the perception of second language speech. What are the underlying mechanisms of such perceptual distortions both at a prelexical, phonetic, level and at the lexical level? And what is the interaction between these two levels? In particular, can low-phonetic perception training enhance the processing of words containing the trained sound in a second language? I will show data from a few recent studies addressing these questions.

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