Lexical stress in foreign language acquisition

Suárez, Lidia, and Goh, Winston D. (2009) Lexical stress in foreign language acquisition. In: Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (31) 118. p. 2022. From: 31st Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, 29 July - 1 August 2009, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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Lexical stress is critical in word recognition and speech segmentation in first language (L1). The encoding of lexical stress during the first stages of foreign language (FL) acquisition, and the extent of lexical integration with L1, was examined using a recognition memory task. English speakers studied Spanish words differing in their phonological similarity with English (cognate vs. noncognate) and lexical stress (trochaic vs. iambic), and attempted to discriminate words presented at test with the same or different studied stress patterns. Results showed that foreign word lexical stress is encoded and used as a recognition cue, with little interference from L1. Lexical integration of Spanish words with participants' English lexicon was evident only for cognate words with identical lexical stress in L1 and FL, which had shorter recognition times compared to noncognates and cognates with different lexical stress patterns in L1 and FL.

Item ID: 28801
Item Type: Conference Item (Poster)
ISBN: 978-0-9768318-5-3
Keywords: implicit learning, lexical stress, Spanish, word recognition
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Date Deposited: 21 Aug 2013 01:56
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1702 Cognitive Science > 170201 Computer Perception, Memory and Attention @ 50%
17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1702 Cognitive Science > 170204 Linguistic Processes (incl Speech Production and Comprehension) @ 50%
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