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Individual phonological attrition in Albanian–English late bilinguals

De Leeuw, E and Tusha, A and Schmid, MS (2017) 'Individual phonological attrition in Albanian–English late bilinguals.' Bilingualism: Language and Cognition. ISSN 1366-7289

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate phonological attrition in 10 native Albanian speakers who acquired Standard Southern British English (SSBE) as a second language (L2) in London, United Kingdom. A contrast was examined which is phonemic in Albanian but allophonic in SSBE, namely the production of light and dark lateral approximants. Impressionistic and acoustic analyses revealed that one late bilingual completely neutralized the phonemic contrast in her native Albanian speech. Furthermore, two other bilinguals neutralized the phonemic contrast between light /l/ and dark /ɫ/ in coda position, and overall there appeared to be a stronger trend for light /l/ to become dark in coda position than for dark /ɫ/ to become light in onset position. The findings are discussed in relation to the Speech Learning Model (Flege, 1995) and indicate that phonological attrition in native speech production is possible in late L2 acquisition, although not inevitable.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
P Language and Literature > PE English
P Language and Literature > PG Slavic, Baltic, Albanian languages and literature
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Language and Linguistics, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2017 10:31
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2017 13:39
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/18882

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