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Romance-Germanic Bilingual Phonology

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Bilingual contact, whereby speakers use two languages in their daily lives, is a very common phenomenon. Among such contacts, Romance-Germanic bilingualism is one of the most widespread. This book investigates several phonetic and phonological issues that are in contrast between four Germanic languages (English, German, Danish and Swedish − more than 500 million speakers) and four Romance languages (Spanish, Portuguese, French and Italian − more than 700 million speakers). The chapters cover several well-established phonotactic, segmental and suprasegmental conflicting situations between Germanic and Romance languages: cross-language interaction among young bilinguals as well as adults; the representation and/or instantiation of phonological knowledge in the speech of L2 users; and the sociophonetics of certain segmental and suprasegmental issues in bilinguals.

Based on substantial original empirical research, published here for the first time, this volume represents the most current thinking on the topics covered, and provides essential reading for students, professionals and researchers in the fields of Bilingualism, Second Language Acquisition and Pedagogy, Psycholinguistics, Applied Phonetics and Phonology, Romance Linguistics and Germanic Linguistics.

Published: Jan 16, 2017

Book Contributors


Section Chapter Authors
Acknowledgments Mehmet Yavaş
Introduction Mehmet Yavaş, Margaret Kehoe, Walcir Cardoso
Vowel Reduction in German-Spanish Bilinguals Margaret Kehoe, Conxita Lleó
Cross-Language Influence in the Productions of French-English Bilingual Children: Separation or Interaction? Christelle Dodane, Ranka Bijeljac-Babic
The Initial Development of Voice Onset Time in Early Successive French-Swedish Bilinguals Frida Splendido
Voice Onset Time in German-Italian Simultaneous Bilinguals: Evidence on Cross-Language Influence and Markedness Tanja Kupisch, Conxita Lleó
Production in English Laterals by Early Sequential Spanish-English Bilinguals Mehmet Yavaş
Production and Perception of Danish Front Rounded /y/: A Comparison of Ultimate Attainment in Native Spanish and Native English Speakers Ocke-Schwen Bohn, Camila Garibaldi
Interactions between Native and Non-Native Vowels in French-Danish Contact: Production Training Study Natalia Kartushina
Environmental Markedness in Portuguese-English Contact Robert Carlisle
Medial Coda and Final Stops in Brazilian Portuguese-English Contact Paul John, Walcir Cardoso
Acquisition of English Stress by Québec Francophones Guilherme Garcia, Natália Guzzo
Factors Affecting L2 Learning across the Lifespan: Spanish Learners of English Wendy Baker-Smemoe
English Sonorant Codas in a Brazilian Portuguese-English Bilingual Context Rosane Silveira, Alison Gonçalves
The Sociophonetics of Spanish–English Contact in the United States Barbara Bullock, Daniel Olson
End Matter
Index Mehmet Yavaş


The editors are very well-known and respected in the field. A wonderful collection.
John Archibald, Professor of Linguistics, University of Victoria, British Columbia

An impressive collection of papers that promises to move the field of bilingual phonological development forward.
Ferenc Bunta, Associate Professor, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Houston

Researchers in the fields of second language acquisition, phonetics, phonology, prosody, psycholinguistics and didactics will benefit from reading this book. The range of topics addressed in the volume is rich. The wide range of experimental methods used in the studies is an asset. There is no doubt this book is an important contribution to the research on bilingualism and the acquisition of L2 phonology.
Language, Interaction and Acquisition