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The Perception of English Vowels by Monolingual, Bilingual, and Heritage Speakers of Spanish and English
Amanda Boomershine
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This study investigated the effects of language experience and native/non-native vowel contrasts on Spanish and English monolingual, bilingual, and heritage speakers' perception of five non-back American English. Vowels were produced in monosyllabic words in carrier phrases by 3 speakers of AE and presented in a similarity rating task. Five groups were tested: monolingual English speakers, monolingual Spanish speakers, native English bilingual speakers, native Spanish bilingual speakers, and heritage Spanish speakers. The current study found that the heritage Spanish speakers and the native Spanish bilingual speakers perceive English vowels nearly identically. The findings also demonstrate that non-native sounds are perceived differently based on experience in the L2. Implications for models of cross-language speech perception are discussed.

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Selected Proceedings of the 15th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium
edited by Chad Howe, Sarah E. Blackwell, and Margaret Lubbers Quesada
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