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ERIC Number: EJ919804
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 56
ISSN: ISSN-0267-6583
Experience, Representations and the Production of Second Language Allophones
Shea, Christine E.; Curtin, Suzanne
Second Language Research, v27 n2 p229-250 Apr 2011
In this study we examined the effect of language experience on the production of second language (L2) allophones. We analysed production data of the Spanish stop-approximant alternation (b d g [similar to] [beta] [delta] [gamma]) from Low Intermediate and High Intermediate level native English/Spanish L2 speakers and five native Mexican Spanish speakers. This allophonic alternation is conditioned primarily by position in the word and lexical stress. We examined the use of two cues to the alternation--consonant intensity and the presence of a release burst--and analysed how these cues varied in participants' productions in distinct contexts. Results show that the use of these cues differs with experience; that is, learners with greater language experience exhibit cue use that is closer to the native speakers' cue use. Results further suggest that Low Intermediate learners may be using a basic rule for producing the alternation, but that over time shift to a more nuanced production pattern. These results indicate that more experienced learners' ability to use these phonetic cues in a native-like fashion emerges over the course of allophone acquisition. (Contains 7 figures, 3 tables and 13 notes.)
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Language: English
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