Phonetic discrimination and non-native spoken-word recognition

Weber, A., & Cutler, A. (2002). Phonetic discrimination and non-native spoken-word recognition. Poster presented at 143th meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, Pittsburgh, PA.
Words sharing initial segments are briefly activated during the recognition of spoken words. For example, given the input panda, English listeners will initially activate panda and panic among other candidates, which will then compete against each other for recognition. However, in a non-native language, listeners may be less accurate in processing phonemes. This may in turn influence competitor activation in nonnative listening.
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