Second Language Studies: Acquisition, Learning, Education and Technology

Tokyo, Japan
September 22-24, 2010

Examination of the Relationship between L2 Perception and Production: An Investigation of English /r/-/l/ Perception and Production by Adult Japanese Speakers

Kota Hattori, Paul Iverson

Division of Psychology and Language Sciences, University College London, London, UK

This study took an individual differences approach to examine the relationship between L2 speech perception and production, with the aim of examining whether they share common underlying representations. All Japanese speakers were assessed in terms of their /r/-/l/ identification, discrimination, best exemplars, and production. The results demonstrated that, although there was a moderate correlation between English /r/-/l/ identification and production, all other perceptual behaviors poorly related to /r/-/l/ production, suggesting that L2 speech perception and production processes and representations may be somewhat autonomous.

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Bibliographic reference.  Hattori, Kota / Iverson, Paul (2010): "Examination of the relationship between L2 perception and production: an investigation of English /r/-/l/ perception and production by adult Japanese speakers", In L2WS-2010, paper P2-4.