Learning foreign vowels.

  title={Learning foreign vowels.},
  author={John Kingston},
  journal={Language and speech},
  volume={46 Pt 2-3},
Two hypotheses have recently been put forward to account for listeners' ability to distinguish and learn contrasts between speech sounds in foreign languages. First, Best's Perceptual Assimilation Model and Flege's Speech Learning Model both predict that the ease with which a listener can tell one non-native phoneme from another varies directly with the extent to which these sounds assimilate to different native phonemes (Best, 1994; also Best, McRoberts, & Goodell, 2001; Flege, 1991). Second… CONTINUE READING

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