The influence of musical abilities on the processing of L2 focus prosody: An eye-tracking study

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The perception of speech prosody in a second language (L2) remains challenging for proficient L2 users. Previous eye-tracking evidence indicates that Dutch listeners show difficulty in the processing of pitch accents signalling contrastive focus in English, whereas native English listeners use this cue in perception to anticipate upcoming information. We investigated whether musical abilities influenced the processing of contrastive focus accents by 40 Dutch adult L2 English users. In a visual-world eyetracking paradigm, participants listened to sentences with the focus particle only while viewing images of the objects and characters mentioned. We measured participants’ anticipatory fixations on the image showing the alternative of the contrast. Participants also completed a music perception test. Initial analyses indicate that individuals with higher music
perception scores show more anticipatory fixations in L2 listening. This suggests that having stronger perceptual resources underlying both music and speech perception may benefit the processing of L2 focus prosody.
Originele taal-2English
TitelProceedings of the 20th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences
RedacteurenRadek Skarnitzl, Jan Volín
UitgeverijGuarant International
Pagina's599-603
Aantal pagina's5
ISBN van elektronische versie9788090811423
StatusPublished - 10-aug.-2023
Evenement20th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences - Prague, Czech Republic
Duur: 7-aug.-202311-aug.-2023

Conference

Conference20th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences
Verkorte titelICPhS 2023
Land/RegioCzech Republic
StadPrague
Periode07/08/202311/08/2023

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