ERIC Number: EJ1087321
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
How Native Do They Sound? An Acoustic Analysis of the Spanish Vowels of Elementary Spanish Immersion Students
Menke, Mandy R.
Hispania, v98 n4 p804-824 Dec 2015
Language immersion students' lexical, syntactic, and pragmatic competencies are well documented, yet their phonological skill has remained relatively unexplored. This study investigates the Spanish vowel productions of a cross-sectional sample of 35 one-way Spanish immersion students. Learner productions were analyzed acoustically and compared to those of Spanish-English bilingual peers. Findings reveal that learners' productions differ from those of their native Spanish-speaking peers on nearly all measures; observed differences may be the result of transfer of first language phonetic and phonological tendencies and the nature of the input received.
Descriptors: Acoustics, Vowels, Elementary School Students, Spanish, Immersion Programs, Native Speakers, Phonology, Bilingual Students, Monolingualism, English (Second Language), Grade 1, Grade 3, Grade 5, Grade 7, Questionnaires, Student Surveys, Attitude Measures, Task Analysis, Control Groups, Experimental Groups, Statistical Analysis, Statistical Significance, Language of Instruction, Comparative Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 1; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education; Grade 3; Grade 5; Intermediate Grades; Middle Schools; Grade 7; Junior High Schools; Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Texas
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