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ERIC Number: EJ928523
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0023-8333
Negative Transfer from Spanish and English to Portuguese Pronunciation: The Roles of Inhibition and Working Memory
Trude, Alison M.; Tokowicz, Natasha
Language Learning, v61 n1 p259-280 Mar 2011
We examined negative transfer from English and Spanish to Portuguese pronunciation. Participants were native English speakers, some of whom spoke Spanish. Participants completed a computer-based Portuguese pronunciation tutorial and then pronounced trained letter-to-sound correspondences in unfamiliar Portuguese words; some shared orthographic form with their translation in Spanish or Spanish and English. Spanish-speaking participants were more accurate and made more Spanish-like than English-like errors. Contrary to predictions, non-Spanish speakers made more Spanish-like than English-like errors on cognates. Participants with higher working memory were more accurate and made more Spanish-sounding errors on cognates. The results suggest that the first language is inhibited during second-language production and that higher working memory is associated with an improved ability to inhibit the first language.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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