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Opening Your Ears: The Role of L1 in Processing of Nonnative Prosodic Contrasts
Anna Lukyanchenko, William J. Idsardi, and Nan Jiang
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The present study examines the way speakers of typologically different languages "hear" non-native word stress. Three language groups are compared: Russian, a language with "free" unpredictable word stress, and Persian and French, languages with no contrastive lexical stress. The analysis of the participants' performance on two psycholinguistic measures—speeded identification task and sequence recall task with talker variability—demonstrates that the perception of non-native prosodic contrasts is mediated by the L1 prosodic system. The findings are discussed in relation to the parameter setting theory and current models on stress perception.

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Selected Proceedings of the 2010 Second Language Research Forum: Reconsidering SLA Research, Dimensions, and Directions
edited by Gisela Granena, Joel Koeth, Sunyoung Lee-Ellis, Anna Lukyanchenko, Goretti Prieto Botana, and Elizabeth Rhoades
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