Changes to perceptual assimilation following training.

Kabakoff, Heather; Kharlamenko, Julia; Levy, Erika S.; Levi, Susannah V.

Learning to perceive non-native speech sounds is difficult for adults. One method to improve perception of non-native contrasts is through a distributional learning paradigm. Three groups of native-English listeners completed a perceptual assimilation task in which they mapped French vowels onto English vowel categories: Two groups (bimodal, unimodal distribution) completed a perceptual learning task for the French /œ/-/o/ contrast and a third completed no training. Both trained groups differed from the untrained group, but participants in the bimodal group showed a different perceptual mapping for the targeted /œ/ vowel, suggesting that the bimodal condition may maximize perception of non-native contrasts.


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Communication Sciences and Disorders
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April 13, 2021