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ERIC Number: EJ745614
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Oct
Pages: 18
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-0019-042X
Phonetic Norm versus Usage in Advanced French as a Second Language
Thomas, Alain
International Review of Applied Linguistics in Language Teaching (IRAL), v42 n4 p365-382 Oct 2004
This article is drawn from a large-scale ongoing study on linguistic progress in advanced French as a second language (FL2). The performance of 48 English-speaking students who spent their third year of university in France the "experimental" group) has been compared to that of 39 classmates who chose to stay and study at home in southern Ontario, Canada (the "control" group). The analysis presented here will be limited to three morpho-phonemic variables where native speaker usage can differ considerably from official norms, i.e., "liaison", schwa and the negative particle "ne." Results generally point to different pronunciation difficulties at the advanced level than at the beginners' level. Also, comparisons between the experimental and the control groups lead to a reappraisal of the notions of "norm" and phonetic "progress" in spoken French. (Contains 8 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada; France