ERIC Number: ED419390
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Mar
Strategies for the Production of Spanish Stop Consonants by Native Speakers of English.
Zampini, Mary L.
A study examined patterns in production of Spanish voiced and voiceless stop consonants by native English speakers, focusing on the interaction between two acoustic cues of stops: voice closure interval and voice onset time (VOT). The study investigated whether learners acquire the appropriate phonetic categories with regard to these stops and if so, how they manipulate the different acoustic cues of the speech signal to achieve the necessary distinction. Subjects were 14 students in an advanced college-level Spanish phonetics course, recorded throughout the semester in a series of pronunciation tasks. Resulting sentences were digitized and both voiceless closure interval and VOT of each word-initial target stop were measured. Results indicate: (1) the short lag category of Spanish voiceless stops is acquired more readily than the prevoiced category of the voiced stops; (2) Spanish stops are not acquired equally at all points of articulation; (3) voiceless closure interval is an important cue used and manipulated by learners in Spanish L2 speech production; (4) learners may differentiate up to three kinds of short lag stops in production; and (5) phonetic training may positively affect acquisition of L2 speech sounds. Contains three references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Applied Linguistics (20th, Seattle, WA, March 1998).