The Effect of Short-Term Study Abroad on Second Language Spanish Phonetic Development
This study explores the impact of study abroad (SA) on second language Spanish phonetic development. Twenty-seven English-speaking learners of Spanish, 15 who were participating in a 4-week SA program in the Dominican Republic and 12 who were studying at their home (AH) institution, were recorded 5 weeks apart (at the approximate beginning and end of their respective programs). Recordings were analyzed acoustically, and four groups of segments were examined: word-initial /p t k/, intervocalic /b d ɡ/, intervocalic /ɾ/ and /r/, and word-final /l/. Productions at Time 1 and Time 2 as well as between the SA and AH groups were compared. Results suggested a minor benefit of the SA environment for phonetic development of some of the segments but with notable individual variation in both groups.
Bongiovanni, Silvina; Long, Avizia Y.; Solon, Megan E.; and Willis, Erik, "The Effect of Short-Term Study Abroad on Second Language Spanish Phonetic Development" (2015). Languages, Literatures and Cultures Faculty Scholarship. 33.