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Language Learnability and L2 Phonology : The Acquisition of Metrical Parameters - John Archibald

Language Learnability and L2 Phonology

The Acquisition of Metrical Parameters

Hardcover Published: 31st October 1993
ISBN: 9780792324867
Number Of Pages: 202

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In this book Archibald describes two studies conducted within a parametric framework in the area of second language acquisition. The studies are designed to investigate the acquisition of English stress patterns (via both production and perception tasks) by adult speakers of Polish and Hungarian. Archibald argues that interlanguage grammars can be understood as a mix of L1 transfer and the effects of Universal Grammar. Metrical parameters related to such things as quantity--sensitivity, extrametricality, and word--tree dominance determine the structure of the interlanguage. The author reports that the subjects are remarkably successful at acquiring English stress and do not appear to violate proposed universals of metrical phonology.
This book is one of the few attempts to investigate the acquisition of L2 phonology within a UG framework. Empirical support is provided for the parametric model to an extent uncommon in most syntactic studies.

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Developing a Theory of Language Acquisition
Metrical Phonology
Acquisition of L1 Stress
Research Methodology
The Polish Study
The Hungarian Study
Comparing the Polish and Hungarian Studies
Language Teachability
Summary
References
Appendices
Name Index
Subject Index
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ISBN: 9780792324867
ISBN-10: 0792324862
Series: Studies in Theoretical Psycholinguistics
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 202
Published: 31st October 1993
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 1.11