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Colloquium 11 (20th November, 6PM): Ocke-Schwen Bohn (Aarhus University)

Do cross-language phonetic relationships provide a full account of L2 speech learning problems?


The eleventh colloquium held at the Department of Linguistics, SNU in Fall 2020 is “Do cross-language phonetic relationships provide a full account of L2 speech learning problems?” by Ocke-Schwen Bohn.


The speaker currently works at Aarhus University, Denmark. He is current associate editor at the Journal of Phonetics.

Abstract:


Current models of second language speech learning agree that production and perception difficulty is primarily due to the cross-language phonetic relationship of the sounds of the nonnative to the native language. This lecture will first provide new findings which support this basic assumption of, e.g., Bests’ Perceptual Assimilation Model (Best 12995, Best & Tyler 2007) and Flege’s Speech Learning Model (Flege 1995, Flege & Bohn 2021), and will then present some clear evidence showing that second language learners may be (partly) immune to cross-language phonetic relationships either because of universal perceptual biases or because they are influenced by “higher-order” characteristics of the native and/or the nonnative language.

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