Second Language Pronunciation: Attainment and Assessment by Tanja AngelovskaSecond Language Pronunciation: Attainment and Assessment by Tanja Angelovska

Second Language Pronunciation: Attainment and Assessment

byTanja Angelovska

Paperback | January 6, 2012

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Drawing upon theoretical and methodological paradigms from speech science and applied linguistics, this study advances our understanding of the factors that constrain attainment and assessment of second language pronunciation. Its innovative aspects are the inclusion of unexplored language combinations and the triangulation of several research instruments. Speech ratings by native speaker judges in combination with interviews suggest that assessment of second language pronunciation entails a broad spectrum of influences. The work contributes to the evidence against a simply construed critical period for phonological development and it reveals insights into the social relativity of accent. Thus, the myth, that the native speaker is a competent rater in all cases and always, is deconstructed.
Tanja Angelovska holds a PhD in English Linguistics and Language Teaching from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich. Her research focuses on second and additional language acquisition, speech attainment and assessment, and the interplay of languages in the multilingual mind.
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Title:Second Language Pronunciation: Attainment and AssessmentFormat:PaperbackDimensions:8.31 × 5.83 × 0.68 inPublished:January 6, 2012Publisher:Peter Lang GmbH, Internationaler Verlag der WissenschaftenLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3631631073

ISBN - 13:9783631631072

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Contents: Ultimate attainment – Second language pronunciation – Spoken language proficiency – Second language speaking and reading processes – Individual differences in ultimate attainment – Second language speech assessment – Speech perception – Rating competence of the native speaker – Native speakers’ attitudes.