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Do people converge to the linguistic patterns of non-reliable speakers? Perceptual learning from non-native speakers

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Lev-Ari,  Shiri
Psychology of Language Department, MPI for Psycholinguistics, Max Planck Society;
Laboratoire de Sciences Cognitives et Psycholinguistique (ENS, EHESS, CNRS);

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Lev-Ari, S., & Peperkamp, S. (2014). Do people converge to the linguistic patterns of non-reliable speakers? Perceptual learning from non-native speakers. Talk presented at 10th International Seminar on Speech Production: Satellite Workshop on “Interpersonal coordination and phonetic convergence". Cologne, Germany. 2014-05-05 - 2014-05-08.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-002B-9BF0-4
Abstract
People's language is shaped by the input from the environment. The environment, however, offers a range of linguistic inputs that differ in their reliability. We test whether listeners accordingly weigh input from sources that differ in reliability differently. Using a perceptual learning paradigm, we show that listeners adjust their representations according to linguistic input provided by native but not by non-native speakers. This is despite the fact that listeners are able to learn the characteristics of the speech of both speakers. These results provide evidence for a disassociation between adaptation to the characteristic of specific speakers and adjustment of linguistic representations in general based on these learned characteristics. This study also has implications for theories of language change. In particular, it cast doubts on the hypothesis that a large proportion of non-native speakers in a community can bring about linguistic changes