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Advances in Psychological Science    2014, Vol. 22 Issue (6) : 934-942     DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2014.00934
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L2 Speech Perception in Noise
YANG Xiaohu;ZHAO Yong
(1 School of Foreign Languages, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240, China) (2 Institute of Social Cognitive and Behavioral Sciences, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240, China)
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Abstract  

Spoken communication in noise presents problems for all listeners, but is especially difficult in a second language (L2). Noise can produce energetic masking and informational masking that bring about adverse effects on the perception of speech sounds. L2 listeners often have more difficulties in understanding speech in the presence of noise than native listeners, and their performance varies according to noise types and levels and target sounds. They also show considerable individual differences in their performance, which are attributable to a wide range of factors. Moreover, native listeners are less accurate in perceiving foreign accented speech in noise than recognizing speech without accents. Inexperienced L2 listeners are more accurate at recognizing speech sounds with accents that are similar to their own, whereas experienced listeners show more flexibility in their perception.

Keywords noise      masking effect      speech perception      second language      first language     
Corresponding Authors: YANG Xiaohu   
Issue Date: 15 June 2014
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YANG Xiaohu,ZHAO Yong. L2 Speech Perception in Noise[J]. Advances in Psychological Science, 2014, 22(6): 934-942.
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http://journal.psych.ac.cn/xlkxjz/EN/10.3724/SP.J.1042.2014.00934     OR     http://journal.psych.ac.cn/xlkxjz/EN/Y2014/V22/I6/934
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