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Lucrecia Rallo Fabra (1): Predicting ease of acquisition of L2 speech sounds. A perceived dissimilarity test. VIAL. Number 2/2005: 75-92.
Two current models of L2 speech learning, the Speech Learning Model
(Flege, 1995) and the Perceptual Assimilation Model (Best, 1994)
hypothesize that ease of acquisition of nonnative speech sounds can be
predicted from these similarities between the native and the target
sounds. In the present study, we use a mapping task to test a group of
experienced Catalan learners of English and a group of native speakers
of Catalan with no experience in English, on their ability to identify
English vowel categories in terms of their native Catalan vowel
categories. Specifically, we intended to test the hypothesis that, as
had been suggested by Flege (1991), experience with the target language
could influence assimilation patterns of nonnative sounds to native
(1) Dept. Filologia Espanyola, Moderna I Llatina. Universitat de les Illes Balears. Spain.
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