L1 Prosodic Interference: the Case of Slovene Students of Japanese



A bi-directional perception experiment was conducted on Japanese and Slovene subjects to evaluate the result of a full L1 prosodic interference in recognizing (lexical) accent place in declaratives and interrogatives. Perceptual hypercorrection into L1 prosody on the side of the listener was achieved by making the subjects think they were listening to their own language, and results show clear tendencies for errors, which in general agree with predictions. However, mapping from phonetic to phonological representations was found to be asymmetric, suggesting that subjects of the two languages rely on different phonetic cues, as well as that distinctive function of certain phonetic cues, such as duration, has different effects on perception of segmental structure.


perception; lexical accent; L1 interference; Japanese; Slovene

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