Anke Sennema

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This study investigates whether L2 learners can be trained to make better use of phonetic information from visual cues in their perception of a novel phonemic contrast. It also evaluates the impact of audiovisual perceptual training on the learners pronunciation of a novel contrast. The use of visual cues for speech perception was evaluated for two English(More)
This study assessed the extent to which second-language learners are sensitive to phonetic information contained in visual cues when identifying a non-native phonemic contrast. In experiment 1, Spanish and Japanese learners of English were tested on their perception of a labial/ labiodental consonant contrast in audio (A), visual (V), and audio-visual (AV)(More)
The present study investigated the perception and production of English /w/ and /v/ by native speakers of Sinhala, German, and Dutch, with the aim of examining how their native language phonetic processing affected the acquisition of these phonemes. Subjects performed a battery of tests that assessed their identification accuracy for natural recordings,(More)
In this study we investigated the durational correlates of lexical stress and pitch accent at normal and fast speech rate in Dutch. Previous literature on English shows that durations of lexically unstressed vowels are reduced more than stressed vowels when speakers increase their speech rate. We found that the same holds for Dutch, irrespective of whether(More)
Many studies have shown that the perception of ‘difficult’ non-native phonetic contrasts can be improved through auditory training. More recently, studies comparing the effectiveness of auditory and audiovisual training have shown an advantage for audiovisual training at least for contrasts that are sufficiently visually-salient. Audiovisual training also(More)
This study investigates (a) the extent to which L2 learners use phonetic information from visual cues to improve the perception of a novel phonemic contrast following a course of intensive perceptual training, and (b) the impact of perceptual training on pronunciation. 62 Japanese learners of English were initially tested on their perception of the /l/-/r/(More)