Edited by Irina A. Sekerina, Lauren Spradlin and Virginia Valian
[Studies in Bilingualism 57] 2019
► pp. 103–116
Chapter 7. Interference control in bilingual auditory sentence processing in noise
Listening to speech in the presence of interfering auditory stimuli is a well-studied phenomenon in second language (L2) listeners. L2 auditory processing has been associated with various individual factors, such as listeners’ L2 linguistic and contextual knowledge and L2 proficiency (Cutler, 2005). How efficiently and skillfully participants manage auditory interference may also be closely related to their ability to stay attentive to the target and suppress the irrelevant auditory stimuli. This review discusses the factors that modulate L2 auditory processing in noise and describes the underlying mechanisms of auditory interference control in bilingual individuals. Furthermore, we review the potential interaction between L2 proficiency and interference control in bilinguals.