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Jesse, Alexandra – Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 2021
Speakers vary in their pronunciations of the sounds in their native language. Listeners use lexical knowledge to adjust their phonetic categories to speakers' idiosyncratic pronunciations. Lexical information can, however, be inconclusive or become available too late to guide this phonetic retuning. Sentence context is known to affect lexical…
Descriptors: Pronunciation, Phonetics, Sentences, Language Processing
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Morkus, Nader – Language Learning Journal, 2021
This study investigated the relationship between language proficiency and negative pragmatic transfer from a first language (L1), focusing on the speech act of refusal as realised by American learners of Arabic as a Foreign Language (AFL) in Egyptian Arabic. Twenty American AFL learners (10 intermediate and 10 advanced) and 2 baseline groups (10…
Descriptors: Transfer of Training, Semitic Languages, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Chen, Alvin Cheng-Hsien – Taiwan Journal of TESOL, 2021
This study evaluates the development of L2 collocational competence in texts written by learners of differing proficiency levels, compared to native speaker collocation patterns from a reference corpus. We address: (1) whether learners develop their collocation competence as their proficiency grows; and (2) How is this development mediated by…
Descriptors: Phrase Structure, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, English (Second Language)
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Naismith, Ben; Kanwit, Matthew – Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics / Revue canadienne de linguistique appliquée, 2021
Despite substantial scholarship relating to word structure (Anderson, 2018), for English affixes the relationship between productivity, genre, and second language (L2) learning remains unclear. Analysis of the existing literature reveals that deadjectival noun suffixes (i.e., nouns derived from adjectives such as "appropriacy" or…
Descriptors: Morphemes, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, English (Second Language)
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Carl, Micalle; Icht, Michal – International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, 2021
Background: Developmental dysarthria is a motor speech impairment commonly characterized by varying levels of reduced speech intelligibility. The relationship between intelligibility deficits and acoustic vowel space among these individuals has long been noted in the literature, with evidence of vowel centralization (e.g., in English and…
Descriptors: Semitic Languages, Speech Impairments, Correlation, Auditory Perception
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Thorson, Jill C.; Morgan, James L. – Journal of Child Language, 2021
Our motivation was to examine how toddler (2;6) and adult speakers of American English prosodically realize information status categories. The aims were three-fold: (1) to analyze how adults phonologically make information status distinctions; (2) to examine how these same categories are signaled in toddlers' spontaneous speech; and (3) to analyze…
Descriptors: Intonation, Suprasegmentals, Toddlers, Preferences
Chmarkh, Mustapha – Online Submission, 2021
To the best of our knowledge, this is the first sociolinguistic matched-guise experiment that examined Chinese students' attitudes toward African American English in both its standard and vernacular variants. This pilot study explored Chinese students' implicit bias--if any--toward African American English compared to white American English. For…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Language Attitudes, Sociolinguistics, Positive Attitudes
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Goyak, Flora; Muhammad, Mazura Mastura; Mohd Khaja, Farah Natchiar; Zaini, Muhamad Fadzllah; Mohammad, Ghada – Asian Journal of University Education, 2021
This corpus-driven study explores the linguistics phenomenon of mental verbs in English song lyrics from 1960s until 2000s. This study aims to identify the frequency distributions of lexical verbs, mental verbs, and to analyze the language uses of mental verbs in the Diachronic Corpus of English Song Lyrics (DCOESL). Quantitative and qualitative…
Descriptors: Singing, Verbs, Computational Linguistics, North American English
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Song, Yang – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2021
Critical studies on internationalisation of higher education (IHE) have addressed the uneven global geopolitics of knowledge production as reinforced and reproduced through policy making and mechanism of professional organisations. Yet it remains unknown about the dynamics of epistemic exchanges in between agents at multiple dimensions of IHE,…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, English (Second Language), Language of Instruction
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Phoocharoensil, Supakorn – Eurasian Journal of Applied Linguistics, 2021
Near-synonyms in English often cause considerable confusion among EFL students. This study aims to clarify this confusion through a corpus-based investigation of the target synonymous verbs "persist" and "persevere" with focus on distribution across genres, collocations, and semantic preference/prosody. The results, based on…
Descriptors: Semantics, Intonation, Suprasegmentals, Phrase Structure
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Hashimoto, Brett James – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2021
Modern vocabulary size tests are generally based on the notion that the more frequent a word is in a language, the more likely a learner will know that word. However, this assumption has been seldom questioned in the literature concerning vocabulary size tests. Using the Vocabulary of American-English Size Test (VAST) based on the Corpus of…
Descriptors: Word Frequency, Vocabulary Development, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Chung, Hyunju; Weismer, Gary – Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 2021
Purpose: Most acoustic and articulatory studies on /l/ have focused on either duration, formant frequencies, or tongue shape during the constriction interval. Only a limited set of data exists for the transition characteristics of /l/ to and from surrounding vowels. The aim of this study was to examine second formant (F2) transition…
Descriptors: Pronunciation, North American English, Vowels, Human Body
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Sürüç Sen, Nur – Journal of Language and Linguistic Studies, 2021
When it comes to paying attention to the suprasegmental features of their speech, most learners of English seem to be unaware that such phenomena as stress, pitch, duration, and pausing can be of great importance regarding mutual intelligibility. Since they carry a considerable weight of establishing an intelligible conversation, it is argued that…
Descriptors: Intonation, Language Rhythm, Suprasegmentals, Turkish
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Khammari, Hassen – Arab Journal of Applied Linguistics, 2021
The present study investigated the production of the speech act of disagreement among Tunisian non-native students of English and American native speakers of English. Discourse completion test (DCT) was used to elicit disagreement strategies by the informants. Non-native informants produced a total of 376 acts and native informants produced 395…
Descriptors: Speech Acts, Cultural Differences, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Rafatbakhsh, Elaheh; Ahmadi, Alireza; Moloodi, Amirsaeid; Mehrpour, Saeed – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2021
Test development is a crucial, yet difficult and time-consuming part of any educational system, and the task often falls all on teachers. Automatic item generation systems have recently drawn attention as they can reduce this burden and make test development more convenient. Such systems have been developed to generate items for vocabulary,…
Descriptors: Test Construction, Test Items, Computer Assisted Testing, Multiple Choice Tests
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