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ANU Zoom Seminar: The flexibility of acoustic boundaries in multilingual speech, 23 Sept

Australian National University, Outreach

Seminar: The flexibility of acoustic boundaries in multilingual speech

Speaker: Mark Amengual (University of California, Santa Cruz)

When: 23 Sept 2022, 10am

Where: via zoom (email for details)


When multilingual speakers are using two or three languages it is not surprising that their linguistic systems interact. In terms of their sound systems, the phonological representations of each language are simultaneously activated, creating competition between languages. In these communicative contexts, we can expect a deviation of the target phonetic implementation towards the non-target language during online speech processing. 

In this talk I will report on the results of a project that investigates the flexibility of the sound systems of multilingual individuals, with a specific focus on the phonetic interactions in bilingual and trilingual speech. More specifically, I will provide data on L2 learners and Heritage speakers that examine the acoustic realization of language-specific sounds to investigate static and dynamic interlingual influence in the acquisition of L2 and L3 sounds. 

The talk will conclude with several methodological and theoretical considerations for the study of the phonology of bilingual and trilingual speakers.

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