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Improvement in young Adults’ second-language pronunciation after short-term immersion

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This study examined the effect of short-term immersion in Englishlanguage
communities in England on young native Danish adults’ English
pronunciation. Pronunciation ratings by a group of native judges revealed significantly higher pronunciation ratings when compared before and after 3-10 months of English immersion. A native Danish control group received virtually identical ratings by the judges at two different time points. The pronunciation gain score for the immersion group was significantly correlated with length of residence (LOR) in England. However, a stronger correlation (r=0.81) was found between pronunciation gain score and a weighted input measure, viz. LOR weighted by self-reported proportion of English vs. Danish use during the immersion period. The results suggest that second-language (L2) learners’ phonetic system is highly malleable and responds readily to new L2 input.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA sound approach to language matters : in honor of Ocke-Schwen Bohn
EditorsAnne Mette Nyvad, Michaela Hejná, Anders Højen, Anna Bothe Jespersen, Mette Hjortshøj Sørensen
Place of publicationAarhus
PublisherAarhus Universitet
Publication yearMay 2019
Pages543-560
ISBN (Electronic)978-87-7507-440-2
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Publication statusPublished - May 2019

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