Second-Language Speech: Structure and Process (Studies on Language Acquisition [SOLA] 13)

Second-Language Speech: Structure and Process (Studies on Language Acquisition [SOLA] 13)

By: Jonathan Leather (editor), Allan James (editor)Hardback

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This volume provides a good cross-section of current research on second-language speech by leading investigators in the field. The complexities of the acquisition, production and perception of the sounds of a new language call for a plurality of scientific approaches from a number of disciplines. Issues in second-language speech such as the influence of the first language, the contexts of speech-sound learning, the perception-production relation, the nature of the speech/language capacity, and the explanatory potential of theory - phonetic, phonological and psycholinguistic - are here addressed in ways that show how real or imagined disciplinary boundaries may be fruitfully bridged. The study of second-language speech has benefited from a notable upsurge of interest and activity over the last decade; the research in this collection constitutes clear evidence of the new vitality in this field.


Part 1 Second-language speech - processes and strategies: English vowel production by Dutch talkers - more evidence for the 'similar' versus 'new' distinction, James Emil Flege; Perception and production of a new vowel category by adult second-language learners, Ocke Schwen Bohn, James Emil Flege; Interrelation of perceptual and productive learning in the initial acquisition of second-language tone, Jonathan Leather; Effect of word familiarity on non-native phoneme perception - identification of English /r/, /l/, and /w/ by native speakers of Japanese, Reiko Yamada et al; Perceptual foreign accent - L2 users' comprehension ability, Robert McAllister; Native speaker reactions to non-native speech, Una Cunningham-Anderson. Part 2 Second-language speech - conditions and constraints: L2 acquisition, L1 loss, and the critical period hypothesis, Roy C. Major; Conditions on transfer in phonology, Bjorn Hammarberg; On the non-acquisition of an English sound pattern, Geoffrey S. Nathan; Interlanguage and postlexical transfer, Martha Young Scholten; On the acquisition of tonal and accentual features of English by austrian learners, Wolfgang Grosser; austrian learners' development of phonological representations for English, Wilfried Wieden. Part 3 Second-language speech - structure and system: Phonological processes versus morphological rules in L1 and L2 acquisition, Katarzyna Dziubalska-Kolaczyk; The device 'phonological rule' and the acquisition of (inter)phonology, Rajendra Singh; Minimal segments in second language phonology, Steven H. Weinberger; a parameter-setting model for second-language phonological acquisition?, Allan James; Towards a typology of bilingual phonological systems, Christiane Laeufer.

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  • ISBN13: 9783110141269
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 348
  • ID: 9783110141269
  • weight: 745
  • ISBN10: 3110141264

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