Teaching the /r/–/l/ discrimination to Japanese adults: behavioral and neural aspects

  title={Teaching the /r/–/l/ discrimination to Japanese adults: behavioral and neural aspects},
  author={James L. McClelland and Julie A. Fiez and Bruce D. McCandliss},
  journal={Physiology & Behavior},
Several studies have been conducted to address the learning of a nonnative speech contrast in adulthood, using native speakers of Japanese and the English /r/-/l/ contrast. Japanese adults were asked to identify contrasting /r/-/l/ stimuli (e.g., "rock-lock"). An adaptive training regime starting with initially easy stimuli was contrasted with a fixed training regime using difficult stimuli, with some subjects receiving feedback on the correctness of their responses and others receiving no… CONTINUE READING
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