Second language acquisition has rapidly grown as a field over the past decade, as our knowledge of the ways in which children and adults learn and use a second language has become crucial for effective language teaching. In addition to this important 'applied' function, research into second language acquisition has also informed the fields of linguistics and psychology in general, as it has shed light on the differences between native and non-native models of human language and cognition. The focus of this accessible new book is second language speech - that is, how speakers perceive, process, understand and pronounce the sounds of a second language. Each chapter includes review questions, and most chapters include 'tutorial' and 'lab' sections with practical exercises based on the University of Toronto Romance Phonetics Database (available online for free). The book also has a companion website, containing illustrated answers to the exercises, scripts for running acoustic analyses and useful weblinks.Read more
- The first ever textbook to introduce the methods, techniques and background to research in second language speech
- Compares second language speech across the three main second languages taught in North America and Europe (English, French and Spanish)
- Each chapter includes review questions, and most chapters include 'tutorial' and 'lab' sections with practical exercises
Reviews & endorsements
"A comprehensive book on L2 speech is long overdue and these authors exceed all expectations in terms of quality. This volume will forge a new generation of knowledgeable, well-trained scholars."
Barbara E. Bullock, University of TexasSee more reviews
"This book combines a well-organized and reader-friendly overview of research on non-native speech with skilfully designed guidance on how to conduct this research. I recommend it as a great resource for anyone, student or teacher, who wants to understand or conduct research on second language speech."
Ocke-Schwen Bohn, Aarhus University
"Colantoni, Steele and Escudero are to be commended for demonstrating that the study of second language speech is not an esoteric academic niche but rather a rich, complex epistemological enterprise necessarily informed by linguistic theory and psycholinguistic method. In this valuable book, they have articulated how a wide swathe of our current knowledge in the field has been constructed, and how we (both current and future researchers) need to proceed to create new knowledge."
John Archibald, University of Victoria
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- Date Published: November 2015
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781107655751
- length: 430 pages
- dimensions: 247 x 175 x 20 mm
- weight: 0.84kg
- contains: 43 b/w illus. 4 tables
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
Part I. Questions and Frameworks for the Study of Second Language Speech:
1. An introduction to second language speech research
2. Theoretical concepts and frameworks
Part II. Research Methodology:
3. Research methodology
Part III. Case Studies and Analysis of L2 Speech Perception and Production:
- Sound files & TextGrids for lab exercises
- Useful links - acoustic analysis
- Useful links - online speech corpora
- Useful links - research tools
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