English with a Latin Beat

Studies in Portuguese/Spanish–English Interphonology

Barbara O. Baptista | Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil
Michael Alan Watkins | Universidade Federal do Paraná, Brazil
ISBN 9789027241429 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
ISBN 9789027292797 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
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Although it has long been recognized that second language pronunciation is strongly influenced by the native language, second language phonology has only become a recognized area of study during the last thirty years. While English has been the most frequent target language involved, the learners' L1s have varied greatly. This is the first collection to gather together studies involving English learners whose L1 is Spanish or Brazilian Portuguese, two closely-related languages with important phonological differences. The research covers vowel perception and production, syllable simplification strategies, word and compound stress, and vowel reduction. While the papers confirm the important role of the native language, they also shed light on the sometimes subtle and unexpected ways in which this variable interacts with universal markedness relationships to determine the formation of phonetic categories and their use in perception and production. These eleven carefully conducted empirical studies will provide insights for practitioners and stimulate further research.
[Studies in Bilingualism, 31] 2006.  vi, 214 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“The volume is superbly well written and organized and, as the first collection to gather studies involving the acquisition of L2 English from the perspective of those who speak English ''with a Latin beat'', it should be considered a starting point for researchers and graduate-level students interested in the subject.”
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CF: Linguistics

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LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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