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Methodological Issues in L3 Phonology

Jennifer Cabrelli


The design and implementation of a meticulously developed methodology is the foundation of empirical research, as it allows the researcher to collect data and answer a research question in a logical and systematic way, while controlling for myriad possible intervening variables. In the field of second language phonology, there are several macro issues that surface in discussions of procedure and best practices, including the selection of participant populations, testing paradigms and stimuli development, and data analysis, and the ways in which they have been addressed thus far in the literature. This article focuses first on the application of these issues to the nascent field of L3 phonology, and then on the methodologies I have implemented to test acquisition of L3 phonology and its influence on the stability of native and non-native phonological systems, addressing the aforementioned issues.

Published Online: 2015-3-20
Published in Print: 2013-3-1

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