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Lecture | LACG Meetings

Phonological encoding in L2 speech production

  • Man Wang
Thursday 21 October 2021
LACG Meetings
Online via Microsoft Teams (see info below)


In this talk, I will present two pilot studies looking into distinct stages of L2 speech production. In the first study, we tested the planning unit and the manner of L2 phonological encoding by Mandarin Chinese learners of English. The WEAVER++ model predicts the rightward incremental manner of phonological encoding and this encoding process is shared between languages in bilinguals. This prediction is formulated based on empirical evidence from Dutch-English bilinguals, and the planning unit is consistent across the two languages. Since most empirical evidence has reported that the planning unit of phonological encoding in Mandarin Chinese is larger than the onset (either syllabic or sub-syllabic), we are interested in whether their L2 phonological encoding would be influenced by their L1 and whether the L2 proficiency matters. By manipulating the number of overlapping segments, we observed significant segmental priming effects in the L2 (English) monosyllabic word production. The priming effects were evident with segmental overlap of the onset, the first two phonemes or the whole syllable between targets and distractors. The priming effects were also observed in the two groups of bilinguals with either high or low English proficiency. In this talk, I will also present an ongoing study, through which we attempt to investigate the semantic and grammatical gender processing in speech production in German by Mandarin Chinese learners, using the picture-word interference paradigm. I will talk about the preliminary results. 

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