volume 36, issue 1, P141-157 2008
DOI: 10.1016/j.wocn.2007.03.001
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Erika S. Levy, Winifred Strange

Abstract: This study investigated the effects of language experience and consonantal context on American English (AE) listeners' discrimination of contrasts involving Parisian French vowels /y, oe, u, i/. Vowels were produced in /rabVp/ and /radVt/ nonsense disyllables in carrier phrases by 3 speakers and presented in a categorial AXB discrimination task. Two groups were tested: AE listeners who had studied French extensively beginning after age 13 (Exp) and non-French-speaking AE listeners (Inexp). Overall, the Exp gro…

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