Roles of domain-general auditory processing in spoken second language vocabulary attainment in adulthood

Saito, Kazuya, Macmillan, Konstantinos, Kroeger, Sascha, Magne, Viktoria ORCID:, Takizawa, Kotaro, Kachlicka, Magdalena and Tierney, Adam (2022) Roles of domain-general auditory processing in spoken second language vocabulary attainment in adulthood. Applied Psycholinguistics. ISSN 0142-7164

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Recently, scholars have begun to explore the hypothesis that individual differences in domain-general auditory perception, which has been identified as an anchor of L1 acquisition, could explain some variance in post-pubertal L2 learners’ segmental and suprasegmental learning in immersive settings. The current study set out to examine the generalizability of the topic to the acquisition of higher-level linguistic production skills—i.e., the appropriate use of diverse, rich, and abstract vocabulary. The speech of 100 Polish-English bilinguals was elicited using an interview task, submitted to corpus-/rater-based linguistic analyses, and linked to their ability to discriminate sounds based on individual acoustic dimensions (pitch, duration, amplitude). According to the results, those who attained more advanced L2 lexical proficiency demonstrated not only more relevant experience (extensive immersion, earlier age of arrival), but also more precise auditory perception ability.

Item Type: Article
Identifier: 10.1017/S0142716422000029
Additional Information: © The Author(s), 2022. Published by Cambridge University Press
Keywords: Second language speech, aptitude, auditory processing, vocabulary, grammar
Subjects: Education
Social sciences
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Depositing User: Viktoria Magne
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2022 11:30
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2024 16:09


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