Development of the ability to lexically encode novel second language phonemic contrasts

  title={Development of the ability to lexically encode novel second language phonemic contrasts},
  author={Rachel Hayes-Harb and Kyoko Masuda},
Second language (L2) learners must often learn to perceive and produce novel L2 phoneme contrasts. Although both research and intuition suggest that these difficulties can be overcome to some extent with exposure to the L2, it is not known what consequences this kind of learning has for the phonological structure of the L2 lexicon. We present an experiment designed to investigate the lexical representations that learners establish for L2 words that contain novel phonemic contrasts. Specifically… CONTINUE READING
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