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Variability in L2 phonemic learning originates from speech-specific capabilities: an MMN study on late bilinguals

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dc.contributor.author Díaz, Begoña
dc.contributor.author Mitterer, Holger
dc.contributor.author Broersm, Mirjam
dc.contributor.author Escera, Carles
dc.contributor.author Sebastián Gallés, Núria
dc.date.accessioned 2016-02-09T07:55:18Z
dc.date.available 2016-02-09T07:55:18Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.citation Díaz B, Mitterer H, Broersma M, Escera C, Sebastián-Gallés N. Variability in L2 phonemic learning originates from speech-specific capabilities: an MMN study on late bilinguals. Biling (Camb Engl).2015;1:1-16. DOI 10.1017/S1366728915000450.
dc.identifier.issn 1366-7289
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/25753
dc.description.abstract People differ in their ability to perceive second language (L2) sounds. In early bilinguals the variability in learning L2 phonemes stems from speech-specific capabilities (Díaz, Baus, Escera, Costa & Sebastián-Gallés, 2008). The present study addresses whether speech-specific capabilities similarly explain variability in late bilinguals. Event-related potentials were recorded (using a design similar to Díaz et al., 2008) in two groups of late Dutch–English bilinguals who were good or poor in overtly discriminating the L2 English vowels /ε-æ/. The mismatch negativity, an index of discrimination sensitivity, was similar between the groups in conditions involving pure tones (of different length, frequency, and presentation order) but was attenuated in poor L2 perceivers for native, unknown, and L2 phonemes. These results suggest that variability in L2 phonemic learning originates from speech-specific capabilities and imply a continuity of L2 phonemic learning mechanisms throughout the lifespan.
dc.description.sponsorship This work was supported by the People Programme (Marie Curie Actions) of the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007–2013) under REA grant agreement n° 32867 and a postdoctoral fellowship from the Spanish Government (Juan de la Cierva fellowship) to B.D., a Veni grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) to M.B., a grant from the European Community's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013): ERG grant agreement number 323961 (UNDER CONTROL) and Collaborative grant FP7-2013-613465 (ATHEME) to N.S.G. and by grants from the Spanish Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad (PSI 2012 – 34071; SEJ2009-09072) and the Catalan Government (SGR 2014–1210; SGR2009-11) awarded to N.S.G. and C.E. N.S.G. and C.E. received the prize ‘ICREA Acadèmia’ for excellence in research, funded by the Generalitat de Catalunya.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Cambridge University Press
dc.relation.ispartof Bilingualism: Language and Cognition.2015;1:1-16.
dc.rights © Cambridge University Press. The published version of the article: [Sebastián N, Díaz B, Mitterer H, Broersma M, Escera C.. Variability in L2 phonemic learning originates from speech-specific capabilities: an MMN study on late bilinguals. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition. 2015; 1: 1-16.] is available at [http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=BIL].
dc.title Variability in L2 phonemic learning originates from speech-specific capabilities: an MMN study on late bilinguals
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1366728915000450
dc.subject.keyword Mismatch negativity
dc.subject.keyword Event-related potentials
dc.subject.keyword Bilingualism
dc.subject.keyword Individual differences
dc.subject.keyword L2 phoneme perception
dc.relation.projectID info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/EC/FP7/613465
dc.relation.projectID info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/EC/FP7/323961
dc.rights.accessRights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.type.version info:eu-repo/semantics/acceptedVersion


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