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ERIC Number: EJ982675
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-0015-718X
Learner Acquisition of Dialect Variation in a Study Abroad Context: The Case of the Spanish [Theta]
Ringer-Hilfinger, Kathryn
Foreign Language Annals, v45 n3 p430-446 Aut 2012
The present study aims at analyzing the acquisition of dialect variation by native English-speaking university students who study Spanish for a semester in Spain. The selected variable is the phoneme /[theta]/ (theta). The goal is to assess learner awareness, opinion, and use of [theta]. Data were elicited through a set of oral and written tasks conducted with 15 university students prior to, during, and after attending their study abroad program in Madrid. Although post-study abroad learners demonstrated high awareness of native speaker use of this dialect feature compared to pre-study abroad learners, this did not seem to determine their use of [theta]. Data suggested that (non) acquisition varies according to the dialect employed by the native speaker(s) with whom students are in contact before and after living abroad. (Contains 13 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Spain (Madrid)