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Title: Relative Influence of Spanish- and English-language Dominance among Bilingual Learners in the Acquisition of Portuguese Syllable Timing
Paper URL: www.sulajohn-translations/Linguistics
Author: John B. Jensen
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Homepage: http://www.sulajohn-translations.ws
Institution: Florida International University
Linguistic Field: Phonetics; Sociolinguistics
Subject Language: Portuguese
Spanish
English
Abstract: A study of the Portuguese syllable timing of learners of Portuguese of three linguistic backgrounds: Spanish-dominent immigrants; English-dominant U.S. Hispanics (Heritage speakers; English-dominant Anglo students (second-language speakers of Spanish). The objective was to study in L3 learners the relative effects of their two previous languages. Recordings were made of seveal frames containing the words batata 'potato' and namorada 'girlfriend' by the three groups of subjects as well as by a control group of native Brazilians./L//L/The first hypothesis, that English patterning in Portuguese occurs for Anglo students, appears confirmed. The second hypothesis, that Spanish patterning will occur in Portuguese for Spanish-speaking learners, has not been confirmed. The third hypothesis, the Heritage speakers may reflect either English or Spanish patterns is confirmed, but in the direction of English.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: In Progress
Venue: Segundo Simpósio de Português para Falantes de Espanhol [Second Symposium on Portuguese for Spanish Speakers] Stanford, CA, March 17-19, 2006
Publication Info: In a forthcoming volume from Pontes Editora, S. Paulo
URL: www.sulajohn-translations/Linguistics


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