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Title: English with a Latin Beat
Subtitle: Studies in Portuguese/Spanish – English Interphonology
Edited By: BarbaraO.Baptista
Series Title: Studies in Bilingualism 31

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

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
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

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Phonology
Bi- & Multilingualism
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9789027241429
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 214
Prices: U.S.$ 126.00
EuropeEURO 105.00