Language Learnability and L2 Phonology

The Acquisition of Metrical Parameters

  • Authors
  • John Archibald

Part of the Studies in Theoretical Psycholinguistics book series (SITP, volume 19)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. John Archibald
    Pages 32-54
  3. John Archibald
    Pages 55-61
  4. John Archibald
    Pages 62-75
  5. John Archibald
    Pages 76-109
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    Pages 110-138
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    Pages 139-150
  8. John Archibald
    Pages 151-174
  9. John Archibald
    Pages 175-177
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 178-201

About this book


In this book Archibald describes two studies conducted within a parametric framework in the area of second language acquisition. The studies are designed to investigate the acquisition of English stress patterns (via both production and perception tasks) by adult speakers of Polish and Hungarian. Archibald argues that interlanguage grammars can be understood as a mix of L1 transfer and the effects of Universal Grammar. Metrical parameters related to such things as quantity--sensitivity, extrametricality, and word--tree dominance determine the structure of the interlanguage. The author reports that the subjects are remarkably successful at acquiring English stress and do not appear to violate proposed universals of metrical phonology.
This book is one of the few attempts to investigate the acquisition of L2 phonology within a UG framework. Empirical support is provided for the parametric model to an extent uncommon in most syntactic studies.


English Index SLA Second language acquisition first language grammar language language acquisition phonology second language subject syntactic theory of language

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1993
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-4911-5
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-2056-2
  • Series Print ISSN 1873-0043
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