Predicting near-native pronunciation in Spanish as a foreign language

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Predicting near-native pronunciation in Spanish as a foreign language

Show simple item record Elliott, A. Raymond 2008-11-18T23:16:46Z 2008-11-18T23:16:46Z 1994
dc.identifier.citation Elliott, A. Raymond. 1994. Predicting near-native pronunciation in Spanish as a foreign language. UTA Working Papers in Linguistics 1.51-68. en_US
dc.description.abstract The objective of the present study is to examine the acquisition of pronunciation by 66 undergraduate students enrolled in three sections of an intermediate Spanish course. The data were collected during the Fall semester of the 91-92 academic year at Indiana University, Bloomington. Thirty-two males and thirty-four females served as the subjects. Using a control and two experimental groups, three separate regression analyses examined: 1) variables related to the subjects’ accuracy of pronunciation, 2) the effect of formal instruction in pronunciation, and 3) the relationship between “production” or pronunciation and the subjects’ knowledge of formal pronunciation rules, termed “metalinguistic awareness.” The results reveal that biological variables such as field independence and right cerebral dominance predicted accuracy of pronunciation on the pre-test. However, of the variables considered, only formal instruction successfully predicted improvement in pronunciation. Further, the ability to describe the articulation of the target language allophones related significantly to the pronunciation of these sounds on the posttest, suggesting that metalinguistic awareness is related to better production. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Linguistics & TESOL en_US
dc.subject foreign language instruction en_US
dc.subject teaching en_US
dc.subject spanish phonology en_US
dc.subject spanish pronunciation en_US
dc.subject language learning en_US
dc.title Predicting near-native pronunciation in Spanish as a foreign language en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.type Working Paper en_US

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