Acquiring a Non-Native Phonology: Linguistic Constraints and Social Barriers

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A&C Black, Jul 24, 2006 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 197 pages
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This is a study of the phonological development of a family of L2 English learners. It is the first full-length book that focuses on a tightly-knit group of learners' acquisition of phonology over a longitudinal timeframe, and the first book to study both social and linguistic factors across that time period. Jette G. Hansen analyses this data gathered from actual language learners in the light of recent theory, as well as challenging aspects of current thinking on the subject of second language acquisition. Acquiring a Non-Native Phonology therefore makes an important and original contribution to the field and provides an in-depth analysis and discussion of the developmental processes in acquiring a non-native sound system which has not previously been presented.

The book is aimed at academics interested in second language acquisition, and researchers studying phonology in general.
 

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Contents

2 Investigating L2 Phonology
7
3 Researching the Nguyen Family
40
4 Acquiring a Nonnative Syllable Structure
59
5 Linguistic and Task Constraints
95
6 Social Barriers
126
7 A Unified Approach
153
8 Conclusions
164
References
168
Appendices
177
Indexes
194
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Jette G. Hansen Edwards is Associate Professor in the Department of English, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.

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