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ERIC Number: EJ1106600
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jul
Pages: 30
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0267-6583
Word Boundaries in L2 Speech: Evidence from Polish Learners of English
Schwartz, Geoffrey
Second Language Research, v32 n3 p397-426 Jul 2016
Acoustic and perceptual studies investgate B2-level Polish learners' acquisition of second language (L2) English word-boundaries involving word-initial vowels. In production, participants were less likely to produce glottalization of phrase-medial initial vowels in L2 English than in first language (L1) Polish. Perception studies employing word monitoring and word counting tasks found that glottalization of word-initial vowels had a negligible impact on the processing of L2 word boundaries. Taken together, these experiments suggest that B2-level learners are relatively successful in acquiring word-boundary linking processes that are for the most part absent from L1 Polish, and challenge the notion of an L2 "Word Integrity" constraint. The cross-language interactions observed in these experiments are compatible with the claim that the realization of word-initial vowels is governed by a representational parameter, which may be derived in the Onset Prominence framework.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Poland
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