Self-monitoring in L1 and L2: a magnetoencephalography study





Sarah Bakst and Caroline Niziolek


Dept. of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Wisconsin–Madison, Madison, WI


Learning to produce new phonetic categories in a second language is a universal challenge. In order to reach phonetic targets, speakers must be able to detect and subsequently correct themselves when they stray from their targets. Previous evidence from magnetoencephalography (MEG) (Niziolek et al. 2013) has shown that speakers can detect when they are straying from targets in their native language, and that they can use their auditory feedback to modify their vowel formant trajectories while talking. In this MEG study we examine differences in how L2 speakers of French detect and correct natural variability in their own speech while producing both newly-acquired phonetic categories as well as their own native English categories.