Effects of articulatory instruction concerning the low mid vowels of Portuguese (L3) on Spanish (L1) and English (L2): a case study

Keywords: multilingualism, trilingual development, language transfer, Complex Dynamic Systems.

Abstract

Following a Complex Dynamic System account (de Bot, 2017), this study addresses the assumption that changes in an additional language system may account for the co-occurrence of changes in the previously learned languages. Departing from this assumption, a longitudinal study was conducted with a learner (L1 Spanish) who had been residing in Brazil (L2: English; L3: Brazilian Portuguese) at the time of the study. The instruction took place throughout 4 months and had a communicative and articulatory approach on the Portuguese open vowels. The data collections consisted of recordings of the reading of word lists in the three languages, conducted before, during and after the instructional period, totaling 5 recordings. The findings of the longitudinal study provided evidence to the premise that alterations in the L3 system (Brazilian Portuguese), accelerated by formal instruction, may cause alterations in the production of the vowels of the other languages, due to the interrelation among the language systems of this multilingual speaker.

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2018-09-19
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Pereyron, L., & Alves, U. K. (2018). Effects of articulatory instruction concerning the low mid vowels of Portuguese (L3) on Spanish (L1) and English (L2): a case study. BELT - Brazilian English Language Teaching Journal, 9(1), 167-189. https://doi.org/10.15448/2178-3640.2018.1.31990
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