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Title: 'THE ROLE OF NATIVE LANGUAGE PHONOLOGY IN THE PRODUCTION OF L2 CONTRASTS'
Author: FredR.Eckman
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Homepage: 'http://www.uwm.edu/Dept/FLL/faculty/eckman.html'
Institution: 'University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee'
Author: GregoryK.Iverson
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Homepage: 'http://www.uwm.edu/~iverson'
Institution: 'University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee'
Linguistic Field: 'Language Acquisition; Psycholinguistics'
Abstract: We present findings of an investigation into the acquisition of the English /s/–/ʃ/ contrast by native speakers of Korean and Japanese. Both of these languages have the phones [s] and [ʃ], and both languages exhibit a pattern—or motivate a rule—whereby /s/ is realized as [ʃ] before the vowel [i] and the glide [j]—that is, high front vocoids. The crucial difference, and the focus of this study, is that in Korean [s] and [ʃ] are allophones of /s/, whereas in Japanese the two sounds arguably instantiate different phonemes. We present production data showing that the differences in the functioning of [s] and [ʃ] in the second language learner’s native language have different consequences for the acquisition patterns and the error types produced in the learning of this contrast.

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This article appears in Studies in Second Language Acquisition Vol. 35, Issue 1, which you can read on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .



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