Chapter published in:Advancedness in Second Language Spanish: Definitions, challenges, and possibilities
Edited by Mandy R. Menke and Paul A. Malovrh
[Issues in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics 31] 2021
► pp. 470–487
Language aptitude and foreign accent in advanced L2 speakers of Spanish
This chapter reports on the results of a follow-up analysis of Granena and Long (2013), which found a significant relationship between language aptitude and pronunciation ratings on a read-aloud task in late L2 learners with ages of onset 16+. Granena and Long argued that the relationship could have been due to task effects, specifically to the fact that high-aptitude learners could have monitored their performance while reading aloud. The present study included speech samples from four tasks, two read-aloud and two spontaneous production tasks. The results showed that ratings on word list reading were the highest and that late L2 learners’ ratings on the two read-aloud tasks were significantly related to aptitude, after controlling for age of onset and length of residence.
Keywords: language aptitude, task effects, L2 pronunciation, advanced L2 Spanish
Published online: 08 February 2021
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