Pre-Research Abstract Post

This research will compare the ability of monolingual English and bilingual English  – Spanish speakers to recognize the differences between non native sounds from the Thai language, to determine if being bilingual makes it easier to learn a new language. In the survey speakers will be repeatedly asked to listen to two recordings of two of the same or two different Thai phonemes, and answer whether or not they believe the sounds are the same or different. It will provide insight on whether or not a bilingual speaker’s wider sound inventory influences their ability to differentiate non native sounds, thus making it easier to learn a new language. Because the experimental language chosen will not be in the same language family as the other two, some sounds in the experimental language will not be part of the sound repertoire of either group of speakers. Therefore, providing both an equal opportunity to recognize the new sounds.