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dc.contributor.advisorGor, Kiraen_US
dc.contributor.authorLukianchenko, Annaen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-10-11T05:37:33Z
dc.date.available2014-10-11T05:37:33Z
dc.date.issued2014en_US
dc.identifierhttps://doi.org/10.13016/M20K5D
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1903/15702
dc.description.abstractIn order to comprehend speech, listeners have to combine low-level phonetic information about the incoming auditory signal with higher-order contextual information. Unlike native listeners, nonnative listeners perceive speech sounds through the prism of their native language, which sometimes results in perceptual ambiguity in their second language. Across four experiments, both behavioral and electrophysiological, this dissertation provides evidence that such perceptual ambiguity causes words to become temporarily indistinguishable. To comprehend meaning, nonnative listeners disambiguate words through accessing their semantic, syntactic and morphological characteristics. Syntactic and semantic cues produce a stronger context effect than morphological cues in both native and nonnative groups. Thus, although nonnative representations may differ in that they may lack phonological specification, the mechanisms associated with the use of higher-order contextual information for meaning resolution in auditory sentence comprehension are essentially the same in the native and nonnative languagesen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.titleFROM SOUND TO MEANING: QUANTIFYING CONTEXTUAL EFFECTS IN RESOLUTION OF L2 PHONOLEXICAL AMBIGUITYen_US
dc.typeDissertationen_US
dc.contributor.publisherDigital Repository at the University of Marylanden_US
dc.contributor.publisherUniversity of Maryland (College Park, Md.)en_US
dc.contributor.departmentSecond Language Acquisition and Applicationen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledLinguisticsen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledambiguityen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledcontexten_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledphonologyen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledsecond languageen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledspeech perceptionen_US


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