speech science and L2
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I am a grad student in linguistics at West Virginia University. I am about
to begin research for my thesis on the application of speech science
techniques to second language learning and was wondering if I could find a
few pointers from all of you on the list.
I am interested in determining what it is in the speech signal that triggers
the perception of a foreign accent and what possible techniques could be used
to change these elements of nonstandard pronunciations. I think that knowing
exactly what it is that distinguishes ''foreign'' speech from ''different but
still native'' speech could be very useful for language teachers and also for
monolingual speech therapists who are often at a loss for what to do with
foreign clients. For example, if certain suprasegmental errors were more
likely to trigger the perception of accentedness in a given language than
other segments or suprasegments, it would make sense to concentrate on those
suprasegments first or most intensly.
Specifically, I will work with Spanish speakers with English as a second
language (or vice versa). I plan on using spectrographic analysis and such
to avoid the subjectivity and inaccuracies of phonetic transcriptions.
Spectrographic analysis also creates an opportunity to give visual feedback
to the learner which may prove very useful in changing their pronunciation
I would be grateful for any information or suggestions any one has to offer
on this topic. I will post a summary if I receive sufficient responses.
Cori Kropf, WVU
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