Romance-Germanic Bilingual Phonology - Mehmet Yavaş

Romance-Germanic Bilingual Phonology - Mehmet Yavaş

Medial Coda and Final Stops in Brazilian Portuguese-English Contact

Romance-Germanic Bilingual Phonology - Mehmet Yavaş

Paul John [+-]
Université du Québec à Montréal
Paul John is a professor of linguistics and ESL teacher trainer in the Department of Modern Languages at the University of Quebec in Trois-Rivières (Canada). He conducts research on first and second language phonology, with a particular interest in the acquisition of novel segments and syllable structure in an L2 and in the phenomenon of hypercorrection
Walcir Cardoso [+-]
Concordia University
Walcir Cardoso is a professor of Applied Linguistics/Teaching English as a Second Language in the Department of Education at Concordia University, Montreal.


Our research investigates [i]-epenthesis after medial coda and word-final [p] and [k] by Brazilian-Portuguese ESL learners in Montreal (e.g., doctor [dɑkitər] or magic [mægiki]). When learners eventually overcome [i]-epenthesis, clearly they learn to syllabify medial [p] and [k] in chapter and doctor as codas. Two competing analyses, however, have been proposed for the syllabification of final [p k]: these are either i) codas or ii) onsets of empty nuclei. Under the first analysis, learners should acquire medial coda and final stops together, since these share a prosodic representation. We found, however, that medial coda stops were acquired well before final stops, a finding that provides important confirmation of the view that final stops are onsets of empty nuclei rather than codas.

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John, Paul; Cardoso, Walcir. Medial Coda and Final Stops in Brazilian Portuguese-English Contact. Romance-Germanic Bilingual Phonology. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 181-199 Jan 2017. ISBN 9781781792827. Date accessed: 24 Jul 2024 doi: 10.1558/equinox.27355. Jan 2017

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