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Acquiring a Non-Native Phonology : Linguistic Constraints and Social Barriers - Jette G. Hansen

Acquiring a Non-Native Phonology

Linguistic Constraints and Social Barriers

Hardcover Published: 1st July 2006
ISBN: 9780826468628
Number Of Pages: 208

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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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..".Hansen describes timely and ambitious objectives for the volume: to integrate linguistic and social factors in an examination of the phonological acquisition of English of a Vietnamese family who recently immigrated to the United States. Hansen has chosen Vietnamese hoping to observe the developmental process from the starting point of a language known for syllable onsets and codas that are restricted in relation to the second language (L2) in terms of numbers and combinations of consonants allowed in both syllabic positions. With the goal of closely observing the process of early phonological acquisition vis-a-vis social factors such as identity formation, gender, language maintenance, and language use, each chapter outlines the predictable linguistic constraints (developmental preferences, markedness, transfer), ending with a call in the final two chapters to consider the social context for second language acquisition (SLA)... it is noteworthy that Hansen has chosen a longitudina

Introductionp. 1
Investigating L2 phonologyp. 7
Researching the Nguyen familyp. 40
Acquiring a non-native syllable structurep. 59
Linguistic and task constraintsp. 95
Social barriersp. 126
A unified approachp. 153
Conclusionsp. 164
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ISBN: 9780826468628
ISBN-10: 0826468624
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 1st July 2006
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.47
Edition Number: 1

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