A longitudinal examination of english vowel learning by Mandarin speakers

Murray J. Munro, Tracey M. Derwing, Ron I. Thomson


Despite the large number of studies of second language (L2) perception and production conducted in recent years, relatively few have examined the acquisition of categories by low-proficiency speakers from a longitudinal perspective. Most studies with a longitudinal component have considered learners over a short period of time. This paper addresses the gap in current research by evaluating a broad range of English vowel productions of recently-arrived Mandarin speakers during their first year in Canada.


Data acquisition; Learning systems; Mathematical models; Speech analysis; Speech processing; Speech learning; Speech sounds

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