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Title: Second-Language Speech: Structure and Process
Edited By: Allan James
Jonathan Leather
URL: http://www.degruyter.de/
Series Title: Studies on Language Acquisition 13
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This volume provides a good cross-section of current research on second-language speech by leading investigators in the field. The complexities of the acquisition, production and perception of the sounds of a new language call for a plurality of scientific approaches from a number of disciplines. Issues in second- language speech such as the influence of the first language, the contexts of speech-sound learning, the perception-production relation, the nature of the speech/language capacity, and the explanatory potential of theory - phonetic, phonological and psycholinguistic - are here addressed in ways that show how real or imagined disciplinary boundaries may be fruitfully bridged. The study of second-language speech has benefited from a notable upsurge of interest and activity over the last decade; the research in this collection constitutes clear evidence of the new vitality in this field. Contents Jonathan Leather and Allan James, Introduction * I SECOND-LANGUAGE SPEECH: PROCESSES AND STRATEGIES * James Emil Flege, English vowel production by Dutch talkers: more evidence for the `similar' vs `new' distinction * Ocke Schwen Bohn and James Emil Flege, Perception and production of a new vowel category by adult second language learners * Jonathan Leather, Interrelation of perceptual and productive learning in the initial acquisition of second-language tone * Reiko Yamada, Yoh'ichi Tohkura and Noriko Kobayashi, Effect of word familiarity on non-native phoneme perception: identification of English /r/, /l/ and /w/ by native speakers of Japanese * Robert McAllister, Perceptual foreign accent: L2 users' comprehension ability * Una Cunningham-Andersson, Native speaker reactions to non-native speech * II SECOND-LANGUAGE SPEECH: CONDITIONS AND CONSTRAINTS * Roy C. Major, L2 acquisition, L1 loss, and the critical period hypothesis * Bjorn Hammarberg, Conditions on transfer in phonology * Geoffrey S. Nathan, On the non-acquisition of an English sound pattern * Martha Young-Scholten, Interlanguage and postlexical transfer * Wolfgang Grosser, On the acquisition of tonal and accentual features of English by Austrian learners * Wilfried Wieden, Austrian learners' development of phonological representations for English * III SECOND-LANGUAGE SPEECH: STRUCTURE AND SYSTEM * Katarzyna Diubalska-Kolaczyk, Phonological processes vs morphophonological rules in L1 and L2 acquisition * Rajendra Singh, The device `phonological rule' and the acquisition of (inter)phonology * Steven H. Weinberger, Minimal segments in second language phonology * Allan James, A parameter- setting model for second-language phonological acquisition * Christiane Laeufer, Towards a typology of bilingual phonological systems * List of contributors * Index

Publication Year: 1997
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): Phonetics
Phonology
Psycholinguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 3110141264
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Pages: 348
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