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ERIC Number: EJ784731
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 29
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 57
ISSN: ISSN-0272-2631
Factors Affecting the Production of Vietnamese Tones: A Study of American Learners
Nguyen, Hanh thi; Macken, Marlys A.
Studies in Second Language Acquisition, v30 n1 p49-77 Mar 2008
This study investigates factors that affect the accuracy of tone production by American students of Vietnamese as a second language (L2). Nine hypotheses are examined, each of which isolates a factor expected to affect production accuracy: (a) task type, (b) the position of a tone in a clause, (c) discourse distance between a model provided by a native speaker and the learner's utterance, (d) markedness relationships of the tones, (e) emphasis, (f) the preceding and following tones in the string, (g) voicing of the initial consonant, (h) postvocalic elements in the syllable, and (i) vowel height. The findings show that the patterns of tone production by the American learners of Vietnamese are influenced by universal mechanisms of phonetics and phonology, first language structures, and L2-specific rules. The results also provide a framework for determining the difficulty of tones in different environments. (Contains 3 tables, 3 figures and 18 notes.)
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Language: English
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