Early learners' discrimination of second-language vowels.

  title={Early learners' discrimination of second-language vowels.},
  author={Anders H\ojen and James Emil Flege},
  journal={The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America},
  volume={119 5 Pt 1},
It is uncertain from previous research to what extent the perceptual system retains plasticity after attunement to the native language (L1) sound system. This study evaluated second-language (L2) vowel discrimination by individuals who began learning the L2 as children ("early learners"). Experiment 1 identified procedures that lowered discrimination scores for foreign vowel contrasts in an AXB test (with three physically different stimuli per trial, where "X" was drawn from the same vowel… CONTINUE READING