Cross-Linguistic Interaction Between Phonological Categorization and Orthography Predicts Prosodic Effects in the Acquisition of Portuguese Liquids by L1-Mandarin Learners

Chao Zhou, Silke Hamann


Prior research has revealed that L1-Mandarin learners employed position-dependent repair strategies for European Portuguese /l/ and /ɾ/. In this study we examined whether this L2 prosodic effect can be attributed to a cross-linguistic influence and whether the replacement of the Portuguese rhotic by the Mandarin [ɹ] is due to perception or orthography. We performed a delayed imitation task with naïve Mandarin listeners and manipulated the presented input types (auditory form alone or a combination of auditory and written forms). Results showed that naïve responses were reminiscent of L1-Mandarin learners’ behaviour, and that [ɹ] was used almost exclusively in the presence of written input, suggesting that the prosodic effect attested in L2 acquisition of European Portuguese /l/ and /ɾ/ stems from cross-linguistic interaction between phonological categorization and orthography.


 DOI: 10.21437/Interspeech.2020-2689

Cite as: Zhou, C., Hamann, S. (2020) Cross-Linguistic Interaction Between Phonological Categorization and Orthography Predicts Prosodic Effects in the Acquisition of Portuguese Liquids by L1-Mandarin Learners. Proc. Interspeech 2020, 4486-4490, DOI: 10.21437/Interspeech.2020-2689.


@inproceedings{Zhou2020,
  author={Chao Zhou and Silke Hamann},
  title={{Cross-Linguistic Interaction Between Phonological Categorization and Orthography Predicts Prosodic Effects in the Acquisition of Portuguese Liquids by L1-Mandarin Learners}},
  year=2020,
  booktitle={Proc. Interspeech 2020},
  pages={4486--4490},
  doi={10.21437/Interspeech.2020-2689},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/Interspeech.2020-2689}
}