Chapter 10Acquisition of articulatory control or language-specific coarticulatory patterns?
Evidence from the production of laterals in second-language Spanish
The present study examines the acquisition of coarticulatory patterns in Spanish as a second language (L2). Through an acoustic analysis of the production of /l/ preceded by a front vowel and by a back vowel by a large cross-sectional sample of English-speaking learners of Spanish (n = 85) and a comparison of L2 Spanish patterns to those in L1 Spanish (n = 20 speakers) and in L1 English, evidence is provided that, similar to the acquisition of other phonetic detail, acquisition of coarticulation proceeds from more L1-like patterns in early stages of learning toward more targetlike coarticulatory patterns in later stages. Additionally, acquisition of coarticulation does not seem to be tied to overall segmental acquisition.
- 1.2Coarticulation and the lateral
- 1.3Coarticulation in second languages
- 2.Research questions and hypotheses
- 3.3Acoustic analyses
- 3.4Statistical analyses