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Prosodic constraints on allophonic distribution in adult L2 acquisition

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Author(s): Young-Scholten M

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: International Journal of Bilingualism. Special Issue on the Acquisition of Second Language Phonology

Year: 2004

Volume: 8

Issue: 1

Pages: 67-77

ISSN (print): 1367-0069

ISSN (electronic): 1756-6878

Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd.

URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/13670069040080010501

DOI: 10.1177/13670069040080010501

Notes: Data from a year-long study of American English learners of German illustrate that while surface representations indicate learners acquire the constraint on final obstruents in German, a task forcing learners to produce obstruents in the same stems in final/non-final positions revealed non-target underlying representations. Data also show transfer of flapping, and this might be responsibile for mis-establishing representations involving /t/ and /d/.


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