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The effect of short-term study abroad on second language Spanish phonetic development

Silvina Bongiovanni / Avizia Y. Long / Megan Solon / Erik W. Willis
Published Online: 2015-08-25 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/shll-2015-0010

Abstract

This study explores the impact of study abroad (SA) on second language Spanish phonetic development. Twenty-seven English-speaking learners of Spanish, 15 who were participating in a 4-week SA program in the Dominican Republic and 12 who were studying at their home (AH) institution, were recorded 5 weeks apart (at the approximate beginning and end of their respective programs). Recordings were analyzed acoustically, and four groups of segments were examined: word-initial /p t k/, intervocalic /b d ɡ/, intervocalic /ɾ/ and /r/, and word-final /l/. Productions at Time 1 and Time 2 as well as between the SA and AH groups were compared. Results suggested a minor benefit of the SA environment for phonetic development of some of the segments but with notable individual variation in both groups.

Keywords: second language acquisition; study abroad; phonetic development

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Citation Information: Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics, Volume 8, Issue 2, Pages 243–283, ISSN (Online) 2199-3386, ISSN (Print) 1939-0238, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/shll-2015-0010.

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