Date: 12-Jan-2007 From: Paul Peranteau <paulbenjamins.com> Subject: English with a Latin Beat: Baptista, Watkins (Eds)
Title: English with a Latin Beat
Subtitle: Studies in Portuguese/Spanish – English Interphonology
Series Title: Studies in Bilingualism 31
Publisher: John Benjamins
Editor: Barbara O. Baptista
Editor: Michael Watkins
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027241429 Pages: 214 Price: U.S. $ 126.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027241429 Pages: 214 Price: Europe EURO 105.00
Although it has long been recognized that second language pronunciation is strongly influenced by the native language, second language phonology has only become a recognized area of study during the last thirty years. While English has been the most frequent target language involved, the learners' L1s have varied greatly. This is the first collection to gather together studies involving English learners whose L1 is Spanish or Brazilian Portuguese, two closely-related languages with important phonological differences. The research covers vowel perception and production, syllable simplification strategies, word and compound stress, and vowel reduction.
While the papers confirm the important role of the native language, they also shed light on the sometimes subtle and unexpected ways in which this variable interacts with universal markedness relationships to determine the formation of phonetic categories and their use in perception and production. These eleven carefully conducted empirical studies will provide insights for practitioners and stimulate further research.
Table of contents
Introduction Barbara O. Baptista and Michael Alan Watkins 1-15 Part I. Segmental-level studies: Vowels Adult phonetic learning of a second language vowel system Barbara O. Baptista 19-40 The phonological and phonetic development of new vowel contrasts in Spanish learners of English Paola R. Escudero 41-55 Age and native language influence on the perception of English vowels Francisco Gallardo del Puerto, Mª Luisa Garcia Lecumberri and Jasone Cenoz 57-69 Part II. Syllable-level studies: Codas and onset clusters The influence of voicing and sonority relationships on the production of English final consonants Barbara O. Baptista and Jair L.A. da Silva Filho 73-89 Perception and production of vowel paragoge by Brazilian EFL students Rosana D. Koerich 91-104 The sonority cycle and the acquisition of complex onsets Robert Stephen Carlisle 105-137 The influence of voicing on the production of initial /s/-clusters by Brazilian learners Jeanne Teixeira Rebello and Barbara O. Baptista 139-154 Production of English initial /s/-clusters by speakers of Brazilian Portuguese and Argentine Spanish Andréia Schurt Rauber 155-167 Part III. Prosodic-level studies: Stress and rhythm Variability in the use of weak forms of prepositions Michael Alan Watkins 171-183 Perception of double stress by Spanish learners of English Maria Luisa Garcia Lecumberri 185-198 The production of compound stress by Brazilian learners of English Luiz Armando Silveiro and Michael Alan Watkins 199-210 Author index 211-212 Subject Index 213-214
Bi- & Multilingualism