Experience as a factor in L2 phonological acquisition  

Robert McAllister

Proceedings of Fonetik 2001, the XIVth Swedish Phonetics Conference, Örenäs, May 30 - June 1, 2001. Working Papers, Department of Linguistics, Lund University 49: 116-119 .


This paper discusses the question of the effect of experience in the use of a second language (L2) as a factor in the acquision of L2 phonology. In a recent study of the acquisition of the Swedish quantity contrast a considerable inter-subject variability in the ability to produce and perceive this aspect of the L2 could be observed. The possibility that this variability could be due to variation in language experience is discussed in light of recently obtained results.

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