ERIC Number: EJ850921
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-May
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Native Thai Speakers' Acquisition of English Word Stress Patterns
Wayland, Ratree; Landfair, David; Li, Bin; Guion, Susan G.
Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, v35 n3 p285-304 May 2006
The influence of syllabic structure, lexical class and stress patterns of known words on the acquisition of the English stress system was investigated in ten native Thai speakers. All participants were adult learners of English with an average length of residence in the US of 1.4 years. They were asked to produce and give perceptual judgments on 40 English non-words of varying syllabic structures in noun and verb sentence frames. Results of the production data suggested that syllables with a long vowel attracted stress more often than syllables containing a short vowel and nouns received initial stress more often than verbs. Additionally, regression analyses with the three factors as predictors suggested that Thai participants' pattern of stress assignment on non-words was significantly influenced by the stress patterns of phonologically similar real words. These results were compared and contrasted to those found in previous work with Spanish-English and Korean-English bilinguals.
Descriptors: Suprasegmentals, Vowels, Nouns, Native Speakers, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Adult Learning, Adult Students, Thai, Phonology, Phonemes, Comparative Analysis, Language Research, Korean, Spanish
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