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The Acquisition of English Short A and E by Second Language Learners: The Roles of Vowel Height, Duration and Task for German Learners of the English Short A and E Contrast

The Acquisition of English Short A and E by Second Language Learners: The Roles of Vowel Height, Duration and Task for German Learners of the English Short A and E Contrast

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  • ISBN-13: 9783843355377
  • Publisher: LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing
  • Release Date: Oct 13, 2010
  • Pages: 276 pages
  • Dimensions: 0.63 x 8.66 x 5.91 inches

Overview

A common problem for English as a Second Language (ESL) learners is producing Short A and E accurately and maintaining the contrast between them. Traditionally, vowel height has been considered to be a distinctive feature between vowels. Vowel duration and the voicing of consonants have been considered to be redundant features. It is unclear the extent to which vowel height, duration, word-final voicing, and attention to speech affect the accuracy of learners' Short A and E productions. This book provides a study that was conducted of 20 native German speakers in order to determine the role of distinctive and redundant features in their pronunciation of Short A and E. Vowel height, duration and the production of [t] and [d] were found to promote the L1 German speakers' production of the Short A and E contrast. The book will be of interest to ESL/EFL pronunciation specialists and anyone interested in the fields of Second Language Phonology and Second Language Acquisition. It will be useful for people who are interested in gaining an in-depth understanding of the complexity of English learners' pronunciation of Short A and E.

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