Annie Tremblay

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Researchers have long noted that children's grammatical morphemes are variably produced, raising questions about when and how grammatical competence is acquired. This study examined the spontaneous production of determiners by two French-speaking children aged 1;5-2;5. It found that determiners were produced earlier with monosyllabic words, and later with(More)
This study examines the roles of proficiency and working memory (WM) capacity in second-/foreignlanguage (L2) learners’ processing of agreement morphology. It investigates the processing of grammatical and ungrammatical shortand long-distance number agreement dependencies by native English speakers at two proficiencies in French, and the relationship(More)
Researchers have long known that children variably produce grammatical morphemes in spontaneous speech (e.g., Brown, 1973). Thus, a given child on a given day may supply a determiner (such as the article a or the) or a tense morpheme (such as the past tense marker –t/d) in some utterances but not in others. This has typically led researchers to propose that(More)
As the field of second/foreign language (L2) acquisition continues to intersect with psycholinguistics, cognitive science, and education, the methods employed in L2 research should become increasingly rigorous. This includes a need for researchers to both document and control for the factors that affect L2 learners’ performance on experiments. One such(More)
Although foreign accents can be highly dissimilar to native speech, existing research suggests that listeners readily adapt to foreign accents after minimal exposure. However, listeners often report difficulty understanding non-native accents, and the time-course and specificity of adaptation remain unclear. Across five experiments, we examined whether(More)
The present study investigates the contribution of fundamental frequency (F0) in native English and native French listeners‟ segmentation of French speech. The results of a word-monitoring task with resynthesized stimuli show that pitch accents modulated speech segmentation for both groups, but unlike native listeners, the English listeners, who were at mid(More)
This study investigates whether learning to use prosodic cues to word boundaries in second-language speech segmentation is easier or more difficult if the native and second languages have similar (though non-identical) prosodies than if they have markedly different prosodies. It compares French, Korean, and English listeners’ use of fundamental-frequency(More)
Previous research showed that handwriting production is mediated by linguistically oriented processing units such as syllables and graphemes. The goal of this study was to investigate whether French adults also activate another kind of unit that is more related to semantics than phonology, namely morphemes. Experiment 1 revealed that letter duration and(More)
In this study, we show that second-language (L2) spoken-word recognition is greatly influenced by syllable-structure differences between the native language (L1) and the second language (L2), and that L2 word-recognition accuracy is a reliable predictor of L2 word-production accuracy. Spanish-speaking English learners (experimental group) completed a(More)