Second language, Marshallese, phonetics, secondary articulation
The current study determines the influence of cross-language similarity on native English speakers’ perception and production of Marshallese consonant contrasts. Marshallese provides a unique opportunity to study this influence because all Marshallese consonants have a secondary articulation. Results of discrimination and production tasks indicate that learners more easily acquire sounds if they are perceptually less similar to native language phonemes. In addition, the degree of cross-language similarity seemed to affect perception and production and may also interact with the effect of orthography.
Original Publication Citation
Sturman, H. W., Baker-Smemoe, W., Carreño, S., & Miller, B. B. (2016). Learning the Marshallese Phonological System: The Role of Cross-language Similarity on the Perception and Production of Secondary Articulations. Language and Speech, 59(4), 462–487. https://doi.org/10.1177/0023830915614603
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Baker, Wendy; Willson Sturman, Heather; Carreno, Sofia; and Miller, Bradly B., "Learning the Marshallese Phonological System: The Role of Cross-language Similarity on the Perception and Production of Secondary Articulations" (2015). Faculty Publications. 5932.
Language and Speech
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