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ERIC Number: ED422718
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 34
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Do Non-Native Speakers of English Acquire English Stress Patterns?
Negrin-Cristiani, JoAnne
A study compared the abilities of non-native speakers of English who have been in the United States for varying amounts of time with the ability of native speakers to perceive and produce primary stress at the phrase level. Subjects, all having at least 1 year of college education, were 10 native speakers of North American English, 6 native speakers of Spanish of any English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) background living in the United States at least 5 years, and 10 native speakers of Spanish who had studied ESL outside the United States, attained high-intermediate English proficiency placement, and been in the United States for 1 year or less. All were administered an attitude and background questionnaire and a multiple-choice test concerning twelve sentences on tape. Results indicate a strong positive relationship between time spent in the English-speaking environment and ability to perceive and produce stress in a way that approximates that of the native speaker. It also suggests a strong relationship between using English in a variety of environments and situations and acquisition of English stress patterns. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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