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Effects of Orthographic Forms on Second Language Speech Production and Phonological Awareness, With Consideration of Speaker-Level Predictors

Bassetti, B; Mairano, P; Masterson, J; Cerni, T; (2020) Effects of Orthographic Forms on Second Language Speech Production and Phonological Awareness, With Consideration of Speaker-Level Predictors. Language Learning 10.1111/lang.12423. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

Orthographic forms (spellings) can affect pronunciation in a second language (L2); however, it is not known whether the same orthographic form can affect both L2 pronunciation and metalinguistic awareness. To test this, we asked 260 speakers of English—first‐language (L1) English speakers, L1 Italian and L2 English sequential bilinguals, and L1 Italian learners of L2 English—to perform word repetition tasks and rhyme judgment tasks for word pairs containing the same consonant or vowel spelled with a letter or a digraph. L1 Italian speakers established a long–short contrast and used consonant and vowel length contrastively in their L2 English, both in production and in an awareness task. This provides evidence for a direct link between the effects of the same orthographic phenomenon on speech production and on metalinguistic awareness. Results were strengthened by combining experimental and qualitative data in the study of orthographic effects. Finally, the results show that proficiency predicts orthographic effects, and that orthographic effect predictors vary in naturalistic and instructed contexts.

Type: Article
Title: Effects of Orthographic Forms on Second Language Speech Production and Phonological Awareness, With Consideration of Speaker-Level Predictors
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/lang.12423
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1111/lang.12423
Language: English
Additional information: © 2020 The Authors. Language Learning published by Wiley Periodicals LLC on behalf of Language Learning Research Club, University of Michigan. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution‐NonCommercial‐NoDerivs License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/).
Keywords: orthography, speech production, second language, metalinguistic awareness, orthographic effects, phonological awareness, pronunciation
UCL classification: UCL
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Psychology and Human Development
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10109823
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