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Second Language Spanish Vowel Production: An Acoustic Analysis

Mandy R. Menke / Timothy L. Face
Published Online: 2015-03-20 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/shll-2010-1069


Findings from a cross-sectional study of the Spanish vowel productions of sixty adult second language learners of Spanish are presented in this article. The data set is based upon digitally recorded readings of an authentic Spanish-language short story. An acoustic examination of F1 and F2 values was carried out on twenty tokens of each vowel, 10 in stressed syllables, 10 in unstressed. The findings show that learners in the early stages of their Spanish study struggle to produce vowels in a native-like way, but the vowels of more advanced learners are similar to those of native speakers. The unstressed vowels of all learners are produced with some degree of centralization, confirming the much theorized influence of English on Spanish vowel productions.

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Published Online: 2015-03-20

Published in Print: 2010-03-01

Citation Information: Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics, Volume 3, Issue 1, Pages 181–214, ISSN (Online) 2199-3386, ISSN (Print) 1939-0238, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/shll-2010-1069.

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