Discrimination of Arabic contrasts by American learners

Loading...
Thumbnail Image

Date

2013-06

Advisor

Editor

Journal Title

Journal ISSN

Volume Title

Publisher

Zakład Filologii Angielskiej Wydział Pedagogiczno-Artystyczny Uniwersytetu im. Adama Mickiewicza w Kaliszu

Title alternative

Abstract

This article reports on second language perception of non-native contrasts. The study specifically tests the perceptual assimilation model (PAM) by examining American learners’ ability to discriminate Arabic contrasts. Twenty two native American speakers enrolled in a university level Arabic language program took part in a forced choice AXB discrimination task. Results of the study provide partial evi- dence for PAM. Only two-category contrasts followed straightforwardly from PAM; discrimination results of category-goodness difference and both uncategorizable contrasts yielded partial support, while results of uncategorized versus categorized contrast discrimination provided counter-evidence to PAM.

Description

Sponsor

Keywords

discrimination of sound contrasts, Arabic consonant contrasts, perceptual assimilation model

Citation

Studies in Second Language Learning and Teaching, 2013, vol. 3, no. 2, pp.261-292

Seria

ISBN

ISSN

2083 5205

DOI

Title Alternative

Rights Creative Commons

Creative Commons License

Uniwersytet im. Adama Mickiewicza w Poznaniu
Biblioteka Uniwersytetu im. Adama Mickiewicza w Poznaniu
Ministerstwo Nauki i Szkolnictwa Wyższego