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Title

Exploring the Pronunciation-Identity Link of Spanish Immersion Learners

Department

Modern Languages & Literatures Department

College

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Disciplines

Arts and Humanities

Abstract

Findings from both first and second language research highlight that a speaker's pronunciation reflects the social identity s/he wishes to portray. While studies have explored immersion learners' cultural sensitivity, attitudes, and identities, none have explored the intersection of these factors and immersion learners' pronunciation. This study explores this connection, examining the pronunciation of both one-way (foreign language) and two-way (bilingual) immersion students in light of their attitudes toward Spanish and speakers of Spanish.

Conference Name

Immersion 2012: Bridging Contexts for a Multilingual World

Conference Location

Minneapolis, MN

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