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Chang, C. B. (2011) 'Systemic drift of L1 vowels in novice L2 learners.' In: Lee, Wai-Sum and Zee, E., (eds.), Proceedings of the 17th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences. Hong Kong, China: City University of Hong Kong, pp. 428-431.

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Studies of proficient second-language (L2) learners have often noted phonetic drift of their native language (L1) vis-à-vis monolingual norms. Such drift has been attributed to perceptual linkage between similar sounds in L1 and L2. This study provides evidence that L1 phonetic drift is limited neither to advanced L2 learners, nor to cross- language influence at a segmental level. During the first weeks of an elementary Korean class, adult native English speakers were found to shift their English vowel space in approximation to the Korean vowel space, suggesting that in adult L2 learners phonetic drift of L1 vowels occurs in a rapid, systemic, and assimilatory fashion.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Keywords: phonetic drift, L2 learners, vowel systems, English, Korean
SOAS Departments & Centres: Legacy Departments > Faculty of Languages and Cultures > Department of Linguistics
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
P Language and Literature > PE English
P Language and Literature > PI Oriental languages and literatures
P Language and Literature > PL Languages and literatures of Eastern Asia, Africa, Oceania
ISBN: 9789624423419
Copyright Statement: Copyright 2011 Charles B. Chang. This article may be downloaded for personal use only. Any other use requires prior permission of the author.
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2014 16:38

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