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Roles of domain-general auditory processing in spoken second-language vocabulary attainment in adulthood

Saito, K; Macmillan, K; Kroeger, S; Magne, V; Takizawa, K; Kachlicka, M; Tierney, A; (2022) Roles of domain-general auditory processing in spoken second-language vocabulary attainment in adulthood. Applied Psycholinguistics pp. 1-26. 10.1017/S0142716422000029. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

Recently, scholars have begun to explore the hypothesis that individual differences in domain-general auditory perception, which has been identified as an anchor of L1 acquisition, could explain some variance in postpubertal L2 learners’ segmental and suprasegmental learning in immersive settings. The current study set out to examine the generalizability of the topic to the acquisition of higher-level linguistic production skills—that is the appropriate use of diverse, rich, and abstract vocabulary. The speech of 100 Polish-English bilinguals was elicited using an interview task, submitted to corpus-/rater-based linguistic analyses, and linked to their ability to discriminate sounds based on individual acoustic dimensions (pitch, duration, and amplitude). According to the results, those who attained more advanced L2 lexical proficiency demonstrated not only more relevant experience (extensive immersion and earlier age of arrival), but also more precise auditory perception ability.

Type: Article
Title: Roles of domain-general auditory processing in spoken second-language vocabulary attainment in adulthood
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1017/S0142716422000029
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0142716422000029
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher's terms and conditions.
Keywords: Second-language speech; aptitude; auditory processing; vocabulary; grammar
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10146923
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