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On the relationship between perception and production of L2 sounds: Evidence from Anglophones’ processing of the French /u/–/y/ contrast

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Rory Turnbull


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© The Author(s) 2021. Previous studies have yielded contradictory results on the relationship between perception and production in second language (L2) phonological processing. We re-examine the relationship between the two modalities both within and across processing levels, addressing several issues regarding methodology and statistical analyses. We focus on the perception and production of the French contrast /u/–/y/ by proficient English-speaking late learners of French. In an experiment with a prelexical perception task (ABX discrimination) and both a prelexical and a lexical production task (pseudoword reading and picture naming), we observe a robust link between perception and production within but not across levels. Moreover, using a clustering analysis we provide evidence that good perception is a prerequisite for good production.

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Author(s): Melnik-Leroy GA, Turnbull R, Peperkamp S

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Second Language Research

Year: 2022

Volume: 38

Issue: 3

Pages: 581-605

Print publication date: 01/07/2022

Online publication date: 02/02/2021

Acceptance date: 02/04/2018

ISSN (print): 0267-6583

ISSN (electronic): 1477-0326

Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd


DOI: 10.1177/0267658320988061


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