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Perceptual Assimilation and Discrimination of Non-Native Vowel Contrasts

Tyler M.D.a,b · Best C.T.b,c · Faber A.c,d · Levitt A.G.c,e

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aSchool of Social Sciences and Psychology, University of Western Sydney; bThe MARCS Institute, University of Western Sydney, Penrith, NSW, Australia; cHaskins Laboratories, New Haven, Conn., dDepartment of Psychology, Wesleyan University, Middletown, Conn., and eFrench Department, Wellesley College, Wellesley, Mass., USA

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Dr. Michael Tyler

School of Social Sciences and Psychology, Building 24

Bankstown Campus, University of Western Sydney

Locked Bag 1797, Penrith, NSW 2751 (Australia)

E-Mail m.tyler@uws.edu.au

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Research on language-specific tuning in speech perception has focused mainly on consonants, while that on non-native vowel perception has failed to address whether the same principles apply. Therefore, non-native vowel perception was investigated here in light of relevant theoretical models: the Perceptual Assimilation Model (PAM) and the Natural Referent Vowel (NRV) framework. American-English speakers completed discrimination and native language assimilation (categorization and goodness rating) tests on six nonnative vowel contrasts. Discrimination was consistent with PAM assimilation types, but asymmetries predicted by NRV were only observed for single-category assimilations, suggesting that perceptual assimilation might modulate the effects of vowel peripherality on non-native vowel perception. © 2014 S. Karger AG, Basel

© 2014 S. Karger AG, Basel

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Received: June 18, 2013
Accepted: October 09, 2013
Published online: June 05, 2014
Issue release date: June 2014

Number of Print Pages: 18
Number of Figures: 2
Number of Tables: 4

ISSN: 0031-8388 (Print)
eISSN: 1423-0321 (Online)

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