The acquisition of /s/ - /z/ in a phonemic vs neutralised context: comparing French L1, Italian L1 and Spanish L1 learners of L2 English

We investigate the acquisition of /s/ - /z/ in L2 English by comparing contexts in which these sounds have a phonemic value vs contexts in which they are determined by a voice assimilation rule. We observe English L2 productions by French L1, Northern Italian L1 and Southern American Spanish L1 learners, on the assumption that the three groups will show different patterns depending on the status of [s] and [z] in their L1s.

Voice assimilation of inflectional /z/ in the L2 English of L1 French, L1 Italian and L1 Spanish learners

This study investigates the progressive voice assimilation rule in word-final inflectional /z/ in L2 English. We analyzed data from the IPCE-IPAC corpus of learner oral productions, by measuring periodicity for all learner realizations of word-final …