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Natalia Kartushina. Interactions between native and non-native phonologies in experienced and naïve L2 speakers
 
Date: Oct 16, 2014

What: Interactions between native and non-native phonologies in experienced and naïve L2 speakers

Where: BCBL auditorium

Who: Natalia Kartushina, University of Geneva, Switzerland

When: 11 AM


Speakers who acquired a second language (L2) late as adolescents generally produce speech that is marked by an accent from their native language (L1). The dominant theoretical perspectives attribute such accents to deficient L2 perception caused by L1 phonology. In the first part of the talk I will present some studies that contradict this “perception-first” assumption and will propose alternative explanations arising from the L1 phonological system, such as for example, the role of L1 production. I will examine the role of an individual’s L1 productions in predicting the production of L2 vowel contrasts in experienced Spanish speakers of French. In the second part of the talk, I will present some articulatory-feedback training-studies data on the role of individual’s properties in L1 production in learning to pronounce non-native sounds in naïve speakers. Lastly, the effects of the non-native freshly learnt sound on production of native sounds will be presented.