Miguel Simonet of the University of Arizona presents a talk titled "Interlingual Phonetic Interactions Are Pliable," sponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.
People who learn a second language are likely to retain a nonnative accent even after years of practice. The characteristics of this accent are typically attributed to the first or native language of the speaker, so that the accents of learners who share a native language differ from native norms in systematic, predictable ways. This suggests that the native and nonnative language sound (sub)systems interact in the mind of bilinguals. What is the nature of interlingual phonetic interactions? In this talk, Simonet reports on the results of two phonetic experiments on proficient, sequential bilinguals.
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