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ERIC Number: EJ777276
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Dec
Pages: 35
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0272-2631
Bridging the Gap between L2 Speech Perception Research and Phonological Theory
Escudero, Paola; Boersma, Paul
Studies in Second Language Acquisition, v26 n4 p551-585 Dec 2004
A series of experiments shows that Spanish learners of English acquire the "ship-sheep" contrast in a way specific to their target dialect (Scottish or Southern British English) and that many learners exhibit a perceptual strategy found in neither Spanish nor English. To account for these facts as well as for the findings of earlier research on second language (L2) speech perception, we provide an Optimality Theoretic model of phonological categorization that comes with a formal learning algorithm for its acquisition. Within this model, the dialect-dependent and L2-specific facts provide evidence for the hypotheses of Full Transfer and Full Access. (Contains 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
Sponsor: Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research.
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