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Vowel Length From Latin to Romance

By Michele Loporcaro

This book "draws on extensive empirical data, including from lesser known varieties" and "puts forward a new account of a well-known diachronic phenomenon."


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Letter Writing and Language Change

Edited By Anita Auer, Daniel Schreier, and Richard J. Watts

This book "challenges the assumption that there is only one 'legitimate' and homogenous form of English or of any other language" and "supports the view of different/alternative histories of the English language and will appeal to readers who are skeptical of 'standard' language ideology."


Academic Paper


Title: Auditory training for experienced and inexperienced second-language learners: Native French speakers learning English vowels
Author: Paul Iverson
Institution: University College London
Author: Melanie Pinet
Institution: University College London
Author: Bronwen G. Evans
Institution: University College London
Linguistic Field: Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Phonetics
Subject Language: English
French
Abstract: This study examined whether high-variability auditory training on natural speech can benefit experienced second-language English speakers who already are exposed to natural variability in their daily use of English. The subjects were native French speakers who had learned English in school; experienced listeners were tested in England and the less experienced listeners were tested in France. Both groups were given eight sessions of high-variability phonetic training for English vowels, and were given a battery of perception and production tests to evaluate their improvement. The results demonstrated that both groups learned to similar degrees, suggesting that training provides a type of learning that is distinct from that obtained in more naturalistic situations.

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This article appears IN Applied Psycholinguistics Vol. 33, Issue 1, which you can READ on Cambridge's site .



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