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Nonnative and second-language speech perception : commonalities and complementarities

  title={Nonnative and second-language speech perception : commonalities and complementarities},
  author={Catherine T. Best and Michael D. Tyler and Ocke-Schwen Bohn and Murray J. Munro},
Language experience systematically constrains perception of speech contrasts that deviate phonologically and/or phonetically from those of the listener’s native language. These effects are most dramatic in adults, but begin to emerge in infancy and undergo further development through at least early childhood. The central question addressed here is: How do nonnative speech perception findings bear on phonological and phonetic aspects of second language (L2) perceptual learning? A frequent… 
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