Language and Speech Laboratory

Age and native language influence on the perception of English vowels

Authors
Francisco Gallardo del Puerto, Mª Luisa García Lecumberri, Jasone Cenoz.

Book
English with a Latin Beat: Studies in Portuguese/Spanish Interphonology

Publisher
John Benjamins

Editor
. B.O. Baptista & M. A. Watkins

Pages
57-69.

Year
2006
Abstract
This paper examines the perception of English vowels by Spanish speakers. The research questions that motivated the study were the relevance of two factors that have been discussed widely in the literature on foreign language acquisition: age and native language influences. These two variables are analyzed within the framework of Flege’s Speech Learning Model (SLM). Discussion centres on the applicability of well-known age-related predictions and SLM proposals to sound perception in formal instruction, foreign language environments.