Affective and perceptual aspects in processing foreign spoken languages

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This chapter addresses the relationship between learned behaviors and genetic functional architecture in the area of speech perception and production in the context of speaking and listening in second language by beginning and skilled bilinguals (Ibrahim, Eviatar and Leikin, 2008; Leikin, Ibrahim, Eviatar and Sapir, 2009). These studies are based on a case study of a bilingual aphasic patients who showed differential performance patterns in 1st and 2nd language (see, Eviatar, Leikin, and Ibrahim,1999). In the first part, the hypothesis related to foreign languages processing and its relation to measure of ego permeability will be discussed. Specifically, the focus will be on the correlations between the 'heaviness' of the accent of foreign language speakers and a measure of empathy as it was examined by Ibrahim and his associates. In the second part, I will try to answer the question "how native and non-native speaking listeners perceive accented and native-accented speech". This cross-sectional study that confirmed and extended previous models in the literature and implications of these findings is discussed. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSpeech Processing and Auditory Processing Disorders
Subtitle of host publicationCauses, Diagnosis and Treatment
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9781614707950
StatePublished - Jan 2013


  • Accent
  • Affective
  • Arabic
  • Bilingualism
  • Hebrew
  • Russian
  • Speech perception

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences
  • General Arts and Humanities


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