ERIC Number: ED356624
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Aug-12
What Is Native-Like L2 Pronunciation, Anyway?
A discussion of second language (L2) pronunciation looks at the ways in which native-like pronunciation can be defined. It addresses, through review of relevant literature and more detailed examination of a study by the author, these issues: how to identify native-like pronunciation; how to measure pronunciation in comparison with native speakers' performance; what variety of the language is to be used for comparison; how stringent the criteria used should be; and how the experimental definition relates to real-life language use. Spanish is used as the example. It is concluded that native-like pronunciation is that accepted by native speakers as native, which in an experimental context means that carefully selected and trained native speakers must evaluate L2 pronunciation under conditions that control non-pronunciation variables. Further, it is proposed that in real-life situations these variables, such as nativeness of grammar and vocabulary, speaker behavior, listener's linguistic experience, and social and linguistic context of the interaction, may work for or against the advanced learner who aspires to completely native-like pronunciation. In real life, it is argued, the listener decides what native-like pronunciation is. (MSE)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (Cancun, Mexico, August 1992).