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    Domain-general auditory processing partially explains second language speech learning in classroom settings: a review and generalization study

    Saito, Kazuya and Train, M. and Suzukida, Yui and Tierney, Adam (2021) Domain-general auditory processing partially explains second language speech learning in classroom settings: a review and generalization study. Language Learning 71 (3), pp. 669-715. ISSN 0023-8333.

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    Abstract

    To date, a growing number of studies have shown that domain-general auditory processing, which prior work has linked to L1 acquisition, could explain various dimensions of naturalistic L2 speech proficiency. The current study examined the generalizability of this topic to L2 speech learning in classroom settings. The spontaneous speech samples of English-as-aForeign-Language learners were analyzed for the fluent and accurate use of pronunciation and lexicogrammar, and linked to a range of their auditory processing profiles. The results identified moderate-to-strong correlations between the participants’ accurate use of lexicogrammar and audio-motor sequence integration scores (i.e., the ability to reproduce melodic/rhythmic information). However, the relationship between phonological proficiency and auditory acuity (i.e., the ability to encode acoustic details of sounds) was non-significant. While the findings support the audition-acquisition link to classroom L2 speech learning to some degree, they only suggest that this link is robust for the acquisition of lexicogrammar information.

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    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the article, which has been published in final form at the link above. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Second language speech, Pronunciation, Auditory Processing, Foreign language learning
    School: School of Science > Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Adam Tierney
    Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2020 13:01
    Last Modified: 26 Oct 2022 17:59
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/40987

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