AcqVA Aurora Guest Lecture Series

Guest Lecture

Exploring the acquisition of L3 phonology: challenges, new insights and future perspectives

Magdalena Wrembel

Faculty of English, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań

When: Thursday 20.02, at 14:15-15:00

Where: E-0101, UiT, Tromsø, Norway

This talk aims to further our understanding of the acquisition of speech from a multilingual perspective by offering a state-of-the-art overview of findings as well as some theoretical and methodological considerations in research on L3 phonological acquisition. As the discipline grows dynamically, the methodologies employed advance, yet certain aspects continue to pose a challenge, e.g. longitudinal designs, different types of L3 learners, phonological proficiency assessment or cross-linguistic measures of production and perception. From a theoretical perspective, the applicability of established L3 morphosyntactic models to phonological data is being challenged, while some alternative explanatory approaches are put forward, including the Dynamic System Theory framework (e.g. Kopečková et al. 2016); an L3 extension of the Perceptual Assimilation Model by Best 1995 (Wrembel et al. 2019) or the Natural Growth Theory of Acquisition (Dziubalska-Kołaczyk and Wrembel 2017, 2019).

In this talk I will also present new insights from a longitudinal international project on cross-linguistic influence (CLI) in phonological acquisition by multilingual adolescents (“Multi-Phon” 2017-19). Major findings discussed will be related to developmental trajectories of foreign language phonologies from initial stages of the L3 over the first year of classroom instruction; complex cross-linguistic interactions over time; the relation between production and perception modalities; individual variation as well as the effects of L1 background and language proficiency. Finally, avenues for future research in the area will be proposed.

After the talk there will be a small reception on the balcony outside of the D-wing.

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