This experiment tries to answer whether the knowledge of a language with a less restrictive phonotactic system will reduce the perceptual illusions resulting from the knowledge of a language with more restrictive phonotactic system. For example, the word-medial fricative-stop sequence (e.g. /ʃp/ in ‘dishpan’) is illicit in Mandarin Chinese, but is acceptable in English. Illusorily perceiving an /i/ between /ʃ/ and /p/ reflects a 'repair' by speech perception processes of the illicit sound sequence.
Here, we want to test whether the effect of perceptual repair is dependent on language dominance in Mandarin Chinese-English bilinguals. Our design follows that of Carlson, Goldrick, Blasingame, & Fink (2016, Experiment 2).
Reference: Carlson, M. T., Goldrick, M., Blasingame, M., & Fink, A. (2016). Navigating conflicting phonotactic constraints in bilingual speech perception. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 19, 939-954.