Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-33273
Kaufmann, Nuria; Meyer, Martin; Schmid, Stephan (2010). Phonetic contrasts in foreign language perception: a neuropsychological study on Serbian affricates. In: Schmid, Stephan; Schwarzenbach, Michael; Studer, Dieter. La dimensione temporale del parlato. Torriana, 425-444. ISBN 978-88-6368-087-4.
This study addresses the question to which extent phonetic contrasts of a foreign
language are perceived more easily by speakers of a native language that shares similar
phonetic categories. The focus lies on two postalveolar and two alveolo-palatal affricates of
Serbian: [tʃ] (postalveolar, voiceless), [ʨ] (alveolo-palatal, voiceless), [ʤ] (postalveolar,
voiced) and [ʥ] (alveolo-palatal, voiced). Swiss-German dialects have the postalveolar
voiceless affricate [tʃ] only, while the Rhaeto-Romance variety of Sursilvan has three
different affricates, i.e. [tʃ], [ʨ], and [ʥ].
In a EEG experiment using a Multi-Deviant Mismatch Negativity (MMN) paradigm, 15
Swiss-German speaking adults and 15 Rhaeto-Romance speaking adults between the ages
of 20 to 30 years were instructed to focus on a random reading while not paying attention to
the auditory stimuli. The hypothesis is a significant difference in processing between the
two groups: Swiss-German speakers will not be able to reliably distinguish the four Serbian
affricates. Rhaeto-Romance speakers on the other hand are expected to be able to
distinguish all four affricates as they share three of the four phonetic categories.
A significant group-effect was found to corroborate that Rhaeto-Romance speakers
process the Serbian affricates differently from the Swiss-German speakers.
|Item Type:||Book Section, refereed, original work|
|Communities & Collections:||06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology|
06 Faculty of Arts > Departement of Comparative Linguistics
|DDC:||490 Other languages|
890 Other literatures
|Deposited On:||07 Apr 2010 13:00|
|Last Modified:||16 Jun 2014 09:03|
|Additional Information:||Atti del 5° Convegno Nazionale dell'Associazione Italiana di Scienze della Voce (AISV), Zurigo, 4-6 febbraio 2009|
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