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J Speech Lang Hear Res. 2013 Jun;56(3):1045-50. doi: 10.1044/1092-4388(2012/12-0024). Epub 2012 Dec 28.

Poorer phonetic perceivers show greater benefit in phonetic-phonological speech learning.

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Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA. p.wong@cuhk.edu.hk

Abstract

PURPOSE:

Previous research has demonstrated that native English speakers can learn lexical tones in word context (pitch-to-word learning), to an extent. However, learning success depends on learners' pre-training sensitivity to pitch patterns. The aim of this study was to determine whether lexical pitch-pattern training given before lexical training could improve learning and whether or not the extent of improvement depends on pre-training pitch-pattern sensitivity.

METHOD:

Learners with high and low pitch-pattern sensitivity were given training on lexical pitch patterns before lexical training.

RESULTS:

It was found that such training resulted in better learning than lexical training alone, primarily in learners with low pre-training pitch-pattern sensitivity.

CONCLUSION:

These data support the importance of considering individual aptitudes when developing training and also the notion of phonetic-phonological-lexical continuity in word learning.

KEYWORDS:

language; phonology; speech perception

PMID:
23275405
PMCID:
PMC6394219
DOI:
10.1044/1092-4388(2012/12-0024)
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