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34. The L2 Acquisition of Spanish Phonetics and Phonology


Subject Applied Linguistics » Language in the Classroom
Computational Linguistics » Natural Language Processing

Key-Topics speech

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781405198820.2012.00036.x


Perhaps somewhat surprisingly, the acquisition of the phonetics and phonology of Spanish as an L2 has received relatively little attention, much less than other aspects of the grammar (see Montrul, Chapter 35 , below). Apparently, applied linguists working on the L2 learning of Spanish have been discouraged by the recurrent view that phonology is “too difficult” for L2 learners and perhaps less important for effective communication than other aspects of the language. For instance, Pennington and Richards ( 1986 : 207, cited in Elliot 1997 : 95) claim that “pronunciation, traditionally viewed as a component of linguistic rather than communicative competence or as an aspect of accuracy rather than conversational fluency, has come to be regarded as of limited importance.” As a consequence, relatively little is known about the stages of the L2 acquisition of Spanish sounds, the difficulties that may be caused by certain Spanish sound patterns (and not others) to learners of different linguistic backgrounds, the potential factors (social, instructional, cognitive, anatomical, etc.) that may affect the learning of some sounds (and perhaps not others), etc. Much remains to be investigated. In particular, there is a need for studies that use sophisticated experimental methods and tools available to researchers in other fields since these tools can be more sensitive in revealing the relative ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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