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When native contrasts are perceived as non-native: the role of the ear of presentation in the discrimination of accentual contrasts

Abstract : In two ABX experiments using natural and synthetic stimuli, we examined the ability of French listeners to perceive accentual variation by manipulating the ear of presentation. A native (/balɔ/-/baˈlɔ/) and a non-native (/ˈbalɔ/-/baˈlɔ/) contrasts were tested. The stimuli A and B varied either in accent (/ˈbalɔ/-/baˈlɔ/), in one phoneme (/baˈlo/-/baˈlɔ/ "bundle-ball") or in both types of information (/ˈbalo/-/baˈlɔ/). For the non-native contrast, persistent difficulty was found regardless of the ear of presentation. For the native contrast, better performance was observed when the stimuli were presented to the left ear, and thus when the processing was pushed into the right hemisphere. Our findings also showed that the native contrast was processed as a non-native contrast when the processing was pushed into the left hemisphere. More generally, our study indicates that accentual variation at the word level in French is processed as non-linguistic variation.
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Amandine Michelas, Sophie Dufour. When native contrasts are perceived as non-native: the role of the ear of presentation in the discrimination of accentual contrasts. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, Taylor & Francis edition, 2021, 33 (2), pp.187-198. ⟨10.1080/20445911.2021.1889569⟩. ⟨hal-03145380⟩

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