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Brain Sci. 2013, 3(2), 923-940; doi:10.3390/brainsci3020923

Musical Expertise and Second Language Learning

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Laboratoire de Neurosciences Cognitives, CNRS—Aix-Marseille Université, 3 place Victor Hugo, 13331 Marseille Cedex 3, France
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Cuban Neuroscience Center, Ave 25 15202, Esq 158, Cubanacan, Playa, La Havane 11600, Cuba
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Received: 3 April 2013 / Revised: 23 May 2013 / Accepted: 24 May 2013 / Published: 6 June 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Brain and Language)
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Abstract

Increasing evidence suggests that musical expertise influences brain organization and brain functions. Moreover, results at the behavioral and neurophysiological levels reveal that musical expertise positively influences several aspects of speech processing, from auditory perception to speech production. In this review, we focus on the main results of the literature that led to the idea that musical expertise may benefit second language acquisition. We discuss several interpretations that may account for the influence of musical expertise on speech processing in native and foreign languages, and we propose new directions for future research. View Full-Text
Keywords: musical expertise; speech perception; speech production; phonetic contrasts; musicians; non-musicians; second language acquisition musical expertise; speech perception; speech production; phonetic contrasts; musicians; non-musicians; second language acquisition
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Chobert, J.; Besson, M. Musical Expertise and Second Language Learning. Brain Sci. 2013, 3, 923-940.

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