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Bjorn Hammarberg

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780748635115

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635115.001.0001

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Re-setting the basis of articulation in the acquisition of new languages: A third language case study

Re-setting the basis of articulation in the acquisition of new languages: A third language case study

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(p.74) Chapter 3 Re-setting the basis of articulation in the acquisition of new languages: A third language case study
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Processes in Third Language Acquisition
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Björn Hammarberg

Britta Hammarberg

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635115.003.0004

This chapter presents some pilot findings from a case study of an adult language learner who, already highly proficient in two languages, goes on to acquire a new language. This is based on the project ‘Processes in Third Language Acquisition’, conducted by Sarah Williams and Björn Hammarberg. The chapter deals with the phenomenon of articulatory settings (Artikulationsbasis), that is, the language-specific positions and gestures of the voice and articulatory organs in speech, and the speaker's ability to acquire new such settings for a new language. These subphonemic but transsegmental properties are important for the impression whether the pronunciation sounds right for the language in question, and in case it does not, the settings can often be traced back to a specific background language. This longitudinal study demonstrates the workings of articulatory settings in SW's speech at the initial stage of L3 acquisition, where settings from the prior L2 German are seen to play a significant role, and at a later stage which is more characterised by influence from L1.

Keywords:   third language, language learning, language leaner, articulatory settings, pronunciation

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