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Auteur: Isabelle RACINE

Co-Auteur(s): F. ZAY

Relations entre perception et production dans l'acquisition phonologique d'une langue seconde: ouverture/The relationship between perception and production in L2 phonological acquisition: opening

Abstract/Résumé: In the field of Second Language Phonological Acquisition, the relationship between perception and production has often been examined (see Flege 2003, Hansen Edwards & Zampini 2008 for an overview). As is pointed out by Llisterrí (1995), the central question is whether learners can adequately pronounce sounds that they are not able to perceive well or whether an accurate perception of L2 sounds is a prerequisite to a good pronunciation. In other words, does production precede perception in L2 phonological acquisition or is it the opposite? Although there is no absolute consensus about the description of the interaction between perception and production during L2 phonological acquisition, most researchers consider that – overall – perception precedes production (see Escudero 2005, 2006 for an overview). On the other hand, neurolinguistic research in the field of language-related brain areas shows a partial dissociation between perception and production of new phonetic contrasts (Golestani et al. 2007, Golestani & Pallier 2007). These results are consistent with what is observed in speech pathology: brain-lesioned patients can be impaired in either perception or production. If the relationship between perception and production remains theoretically challenging in terms of L2 phonological acquisition models, it also has direct and practical consequences for the methodology used for pronunciation teaching in L2 education. The aim of the presentations of the workshop is therefore to explore the relationship between these two sides of the acquisition process and to examine their pedagogical implications.