The flexibility dimension
Anne Cutler | Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands; MARCS Institute, University of Western Sydney, Australia; Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands
The way we listen to spoken language is tailored to the specific benefit of native-language speech input. Listening to speech in non-native languages can be significantly hindered by this native bias. Is it possible to determine the degree to which a listener is listening in a native-like manner? Promising indications of how this question may be tackled are provided by new research findings concerning the great flexibility that characterises listening to the L1, in online adjustment of phonetic category boundaries for adaptation across talkers, and in modulation of lexical dynamics for adjustment across listening conditions. This flexibility pays off in many dimensions, including listening in noise, adaptation across dialects, and identification of voices. These findings further illuminate the robustness and flexibility of native listening, and potentially point to ways in which we might begin to assess degrees of ‘native-likeness’ in this skill.
Keywords: speech, non-native language, phonetic processing, lexical processing, native language, dialects, listening in noise, perceptual learning, talker identification
Published online: 14 December 2012
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