French, German, pronunciation, perception, second language acquisition
This study investigated whether differences in cross-language similarity between English-French and English-German vowels would translate into differences in accurately identifying and discriminating French and German vowels (i.e., Iii, /y/, and /u/). In addition, this study investigated whether these same differences in cross-language perception would also translate into differences in accurately identifying and discriminating vowels in a novel third language. The results suggest that learners exposed to a language with a greater perceived difference with the LI are more able to generalize their perception of their L2 vowels to a novel L3.
Original Publication Citation
Baker, W. & Smith, L. (2007). Third Language Acquisition: Why learning French first is better than learning German first. Proceedings of the 16th International Congress of Phonetic Science. Saarland University: Saarbrucken, Germany.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Baker-Smemoe, Wendy and Smith, Laura Catherine, "Why Learning French First is Better Than Learning German First" (2007). Faculty Publications. 5918.
International Congress of Phonetic Science
Linguistics and English Language
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