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ERIC Number: EJ1004506
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jul
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-0267-6583
The Role of Hypercorrection in the Acquisition of L2 Phonemic Contrasts
Eckman, Fred R.; Iverson, Gregory K.; Song, Jae Yung
Second Language Research, v29 n3 p257-283 Jul 2013
This article reports empirical findings from an ongoing investigation into the acquisition of second-language (L2) phonemic contrasts. Specifically, we consider the status and role of the phenomenon of hypercorrection in the various stages through which L2 learners develop and internalize a target language (TL) contrast. We adopt the prevailing view in both sociolinguistics and second language acquisition studies that hypercorrection results from a certain amount of linguistic insecurity on the part of the speaker. Based on 53 Korean speakers' production of English target phonemes, we conclude that a series of hypercorrection errors may well represent the final stage in the acquisition of a contrast, and further, that in order for hypercorrection to occur, there must be a formal connection between the TL contrast being acquired and the phonological structure of the learner's native language. (Contains 3 tables, 6 figures and 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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