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Incidental and Multimodal High Variability Phonetic Training: Potential, Limits, and Future Directions

Saito, Kazuya; Hanzawa, Keiko; Petrova, Katya; Kachlicka, Magdalena; Suzukida, Yui; Tierney, Adam; (2022) Incidental and Multimodal High Variability Phonetic Training: Potential, Limits, and Future Directions. Language Learning 10.1111/lang.12503. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

Scholars have extensively investigated the effectiveness of high variability phonetic training (HVPT), that is, identification and discrimination of second language speech sounds produced by multiple speakers followed by trial-by-trial feedback. Building on the notion of incidental and multimodal learning in cognitive psychology (e.g., Lim & Holt, 2011), we developed a new, HVPT-based videogame paradigm in which participants aimed to shoot clay targets as fast as possible while being guided to learn sound cues as a by-product of planned learning. Focusing on the speech acquisition of 58 Japanese English-as-a-foreign-language learners, the current study set out to test the pedagogical potential and limits of the incidental HVPT approach. According to the results of statistical analyses, the effectiveness of incidental HVPT can be more clearly observed if it focuses on more learnable targets (e.g., acquisition of English [æ]–[ʌ] rather than [r]–[l] contrasts) with gains being more generalizable from trained to new speakers’ voices and from perception to production dimensions.

Type: Article
Title: Incidental and Multimodal High Variability Phonetic Training: Potential, Limits, and Future Directions
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/lang.12503
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1111/lang.12503
Language: English
Additional information: © 2022 The Authors. Language Learning published by Wiley Periodicals LLC on behalf of Language Learning Research Club, University of Michigan. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: second language speech, high variability phonetic training, incidental learning, multimodal learning, videogaming
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10149439
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