Another bilingual advantage? Perception of talker-voice information

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Abstract

A bilingual advantage has been found in both cognitive and social tasks. In the current study, we examine whether there is a bilingual advantage in how children process information about who is talking (talker-voice information). Younger and older groups of monolingual and bilingual children completed the following talker-voice tasks with bilingual speakers: a discrimination task in English and German (an unfamiliar language), and a talker-voice learning task in which they learned to identify the voices of three unfamiliar speakers in English. Results revealed effects of age and bilingual status. Across the tasks, older children performed better than younger children and bilingual children performed better than monolingual children. Improved talker-voice processing by the bilingual children suggests that a bilingual advantage exists in a social aspect of speech perception, where the focus is not on processing the linguistic information in the signal, but instead on processing information about who is talking.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)523-36
Number of pages14
JournalBilingualism
Volume21
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2018

Keywords

  • bilinguals
  • speech perception
  • talker processing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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