Phonology in Protolanguage and Interlanguage - Elena Babatsouli

Phonology in Protolanguage and Interlanguage - Elena Babatsouli

10. The Acquisition of Second Dialect Speech: An Acoustic Examination of the Production of Ecuadorian Spanish Assibilated Rhotics by Andalusian Speakers of Spanish

Phonology in Protolanguage and Interlanguage - Elena Babatsouli

Esperanza Ruíz-Peña [+-]
Western University
Esperanza Ruíz-Peña obtained her MA in Hispanic Studies (Linguistics) from Western University, in London, Canada, and currently she is in her last year of her Ph.D in the Hispanic Studies program at Western University. Her research focuses on sociolinguistics and dialectal phonetic variation. Especially, she has investigated the neutralization of /l/ for /r/ in Seville (Spain), the production of Ecuadorian assibilated rhotics by Spanish speakers who belong to a non-assibilated rhotic Spanish variety, and the bilingual advantage in the imitation of intonation patterns in English second dialect learners.
Diego Sevilla [+-]
Pennsylvania State University
Diego Sevilla obtained his MA in the Hispanic Studies (Linguistics) program from Western University (Linguistics) at Western University, London, Canada. Fascinated by the field of linguistics, he decided to continue his studies and has been recently admitted by the Pennsylvania State University in the MA/PhD program in Spanish Linguistics, where he will be doing a dual PhD program in Spanish and Language Science. His interests and research areas are mainly related to language contact, morphosyntax and semantics.
Yasaman Rafat [+-]
Western University
Yasaman Rafat obtained her PhD in Hispanic Linguistics from the University of Toronto. She is currently a Professor of Hispanic Linguistics at the Department of Modern Language & Literatures at Western University. She is also affiliated with the graduate program in Linguistics at Western University. Her primary research interests include second language speech acquisition, where she has examined the interaction between orthographic and acoustic input in second language learners. She also works on bilingualism and first language change, second dialect acquisition, foreign accent, sound change and variation. The languages she has examined are Spanish, Farsi, English and Korean.

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This chapter focuses on an acoustic study in order to determine whether equivalence classification in the acquisition of second dialect speech operates in a similar fashion to second language acquisition of speech. In particular, we report on the results of a real word and a nonce word imitation task that were conducted to examine whether native Andalusian Spanish speakers could accurately imitate Ecuadorian Spanish assibilated rhotics. The results show that two distinct patterns of production emerged in the real and nonce word imitation tasks that mirror the results previously reported in Rafat (2015) for naïve English-speaking participants' productions of assibilated rhotics. Whereas the assibilated rhotics in the real word imitation task were mainly realized as rhotics as in the auditory-orthographic condition in Rafat (2015), they were produced as sibilants in the nonce words imitation task as in the auditory-only group in Rafat (2015). An acoustic analysis of the results also demonstrated that not all features of these rhotics were equally acquirable. Moreover, assibilated rhotic production was constrained by the social factor gender.

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Ruíz-Peña, Esperanza; Sevilla, Diego ; Rafat, Yasaman. 10. The Acquisition of Second Dialect Speech: An Acoustic Examination of the Production of Ecuadorian Spanish Assibilated Rhotics by Andalusian Speakers of Spanish. Phonology in Protolanguage and Interlanguage. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 286-315 Jan 2018. ISBN 9781781795644. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=31680. Date accessed: 18 Jan 2018 doi: 10.1558/equinox.31680. Jan 2018

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