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296. Tuning In to the Phoneme: Phonetic and Phonological Nuances in Second Language Acquisition

Wednesday, 4 January, 1:45–3:30 p.m., 306, Hynes

A forum arranged by the Linguistic Society of America and the MLA

Presiding: Bryan Kirschen, Univ. of California, Los Angeles

1. "Orthography Modulates Phonological Activation in a Second Language," Christine Shea, Univ. of Iowa

2. "Orthographic and Auditory Contributions to Second-Language Word Learning: Native English Speakers Learning Russian Lexical Stress," Jane Hacking, Univ. of Utah; Rachel Hayes-Harb, Univ. of Utah

3. "Native English Speakers’ Perception of Spanish and Portuguese Vowels: The Initial State of L2 Acquisition," Polina Vasiliev, Univ. of California, Los Angeles

4. "Pronunciation of Basque as L2 by American English Native Speakers: Problems and L1 Interference," Viola Miglio, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara; Eva Wheeler, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara

Linked sessions will be held at the Marriott Copley Hotel on Saturday, 5 January. For further details, visit (see sessions 33 and 43).

Session Description:

The difficulties L2 learners have in perceiving and producing target-language sounds accurately manifest themselves in the perception and production of vowels, consonants, and suprasegmental features like intonation and stress, as well as in word recognition. Each presentation brings a different perspective on these issues, demonstrating a variety of means and methodologies available in exploring such themes.


  • Linguistics – Foreign Languages

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