Production Accuracy of L2 Vowels: Phonological Parsimony and Phonetic Flexibility

Research in Language

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Title Production Accuracy of L2 Vowels: Phonological Parsimony and Phonetic Flexibility
 
Creator Šimáčková, Šárka
Podlipský, Václav Jonáš
 
Subject English as a foreign language
L2 phonology
ultimate attainment
vowels
 
Description Ultimate attainment in foreign-language sound learning is addressed via vowel production accuracy in English spoken by advanced Czech EFL learners. English FLEECE–KIT, DRESS–TRAP, and GOOSE–FOOT contrasts are examined in terms of length, height, and backness. Our data show that, while being constrained by phonemic category assimilation (new vowel height distinctions are not created), the learners’ interlanguage combines phonological parsimony (reusing L1 length feature to contrast L2 vowels) with phonetic flexibility (within-category shifts reflecting L1–L2 phonetic dissimilarity). Although achieving nativelike phonological competence may not be possible learners who acquire L2 in the prevailingly L1 environment, the Czech learners’ implementations of English vowels revealed their ability to adjust for phonetic detail of L2 sounds.
 
Publisher Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Łódzkiego
 
Date 2018-06-30
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
 
Format application/pdf
 
Identifier https://czasopisma.uni.lodz.pl/research/article/view/8062
10.2478/rela-2018-0009
 
Source Research in Language; Vol. 16 No. 2 (2018); 169-191
Research in Language; Tom 16 Nr 2 (2018); 169-191
1731-7533
 
Language eng
 
Relation https://czasopisma.uni.lodz.pl/research/article/view/8062/7978
 
Rights https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0
 

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