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ERIC Number: EJ1152560
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Sep
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0272-2631
Contact, Context, and Collocation: The Emergence of Sociostylistic Variation in L2 French Learners during Study Abroad
Terry, Kristen M. Kennedy
Studies in Second Language Acquisition, v39 n3 p553-578 Sep 2017
This study uses a mixed-effects model to examine the acquisition of targetlike patterns of phonological variation by 17 English-speaking learners of French during study abroad in France. Naturalistic speech data provide evidence for the incipient acquisition of a phonological variable showing sociostylistic variation in native speaker speech: the elision of /l/ in third-person subject clitic pronouns ("il vient" [il vj?~] ~ [i vj?~] "he is coming"). Speech data are compared and correlated with the results of a "social network strength scale" designed for the study abroad learning context. Results demonstrate that phonological variation patterns are acquired in a predictable order based on token type and collocation and that social networks with native speakers are statistically significant predictors of phonological variation patterns.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: France
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