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Thursday, October 10 • 4:00pm - 4:25pm
Terry: Beyond the classroom walls: Study abroad and the acquisition of sociostylistic variation in L2 French

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Beyond the classroom walls: Study abroad and the acquisition of sociostylistic variation in L2 French

​This study uses a mixed-effects model to examine the acquisition of target-like patterns of phonological variation by L2 French learners during study abroad (SA) in France. In this longitudinal study, naturalistic speech data are recorded via sociolinguistic interviews to provide empirical evidence for the incipient acquisition of a phonological variable showing sociostylistic variation in native speaker (NS) speech: the reduction of word-final obstruent-liquid consonant clusters (notre maison [no tʁœ mɛ ʒɔ̃] ~ [not mɛ ʒɔ̃] ‘our house’). Speech data include 1200 tokens of word-final consonant clusters that are compared and correlated with the results of a social network strength scale designed for SA. Results indicate that variation patterns among L2 learners are constrained by linguistic factors similar to those operating on NS speech and that social networks with NSs are a significant predictor of the emergence of sociostylistic variation patterns in L2 French.

Session abstract: Variation in Second and Heritage Language Speech: Cross-linguistic Perspectives

This session brings together scholars working on the acquisition of sociolinguistic variation in a variety of non-dominant languages. The first paper outlines how such studies can contribute to sociolinguistic theory. The next papers examine the influence of Indonesian on children’s Javanese and the influence of English and communication networks on Diné Bizaad (Navajo). Other studies focus on the acquisition of sociolinguistic competence by U.S. students in France and the acquisition of the constraints on object deletion in Mandarin. The final study examines the (non)-acquisition of a socially stigmatized variant by Spanish L1 speakers in Catalonia. Taken together, the papers in this session illustrate the contributions to our understanding of the effects of language contact on second and heritage languages and to identifying the types of linguistic and social factors that are common across contexts or pairs of languages and those that are specific to particular languages or social contexts.​​​


Kristen Kennedy Terry

Santa Clara University

Thursday October 10, 2019 4:00pm - 4:25pm PDT
EMU Gumwood