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Towards a Sensorimotor Approach to L2 Phonological Acquisition

Abstract Studies in Second Language Acquisition and Neurolinguistics have argued that adult learners when dealing with certain phonological features of L2, such as segmental and suprasegmental ones, face problems of articulatory placement (Esling, 2006; Abercrombie, 1967) and somatosensory stimulation (Guenther, Ghosh, & Tourville, 2006; Waldron, 2010). These studies have argued that adult phonological acquisition is a complex matter that needs to be informed by a specialized sensorimotor theory of speech acquisition. They further suggested that traditional pronunciation pedagogy needs to be enhanced by an approach to learning offering learners fundamental and practical sensorimotor tools to advance the quality of L2 speech acquisition.

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Created Date 2015
Contributor Lima, Alberto (Author) / Pruitt, Kathryn (Advisor) / Van Gelderen, Elly (Advisor) / Liss, Julie (Committee member) / James, Mark (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Linguistics / English as a second language / Neurosciences / DIVA model / Feldenkrais / Neurolinguistics / Phonological acquisition / Second language acquisition / Sensorimotor approach
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 155 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation English 2015
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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