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Introduction

  • Shu-chen OuEmail author
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Abstract

Perceiving sound contrasts in a second language (L2) can be challenging. One problem that confronts Mandarin-speaking learners of English as a foreign language is with perceiving English lexical stress contrasts embedded in rising intonation. The present book reports a training program that aims to help the learners overcome such a perceptual challenge. As an introduction, this chapter sketches how difficulty with L2 speech perception occurs from the perspectives of some major models or theories. It is then pointed out that the difficulty may be effectively mitigated with a technique known as perceptual training. Before this technique is discussed in detail in the next chapter, we clarify a few terms that will be used throughout the rest of the chapters and presents an organization of the book.

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  1. 1.National Sun Yat-sen UniversityKaohsiungTaiwan

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