15th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-15)

Barcelona, Spain
August 3-9, 2003

The Impact of Audiovisual Input upon the Perception and Comprehension of Speech in Second Language Acquisition

Smiljana Komar

University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

The paper addresses the impact of audiovisual stimuli upon the perception, comprehension and retention of information retrieved from spontaneous speech in English as L2. Speech production is linear while its perception and comprehension are more complex and depend on the linguistic as well as meta-linguistic context. We will present the results of a listening comprehension experiment carried out with two groups of students of English. One group was exposed to a video recording of a BBC TV cooking show, whereas the other group only listened to it. Both groups had to answer the same questions. The results show that the visual input eases comprehension only when it directly supports information retrieved from the acoustic input. The visual input has a stronger impact than the acoustic which may result in the loss of information retrieved from the acoustic input.

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Bibliographic reference.  Komar, Smiljana (2003): "The impact of audiovisual input upon the perception and comprehension of speech in second language acquisition", In ICPhS-15, 1595-1598.