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Estas Rimas Son Para Ti: Exploring Learners Comprehension Of Spanish Language Music Containing Dialectical Features, Avizia Y. Long, Megan Harsh 2017 Texas Tech University

Estas Rimas Son Para Ti: Exploring Learners Comprehension Of Spanish Language Music Containing Dialectical Features, Avizia Y. Long, Megan Harsh

Faculty Publications

This paper reports the findings of a study that examined native English‐speaking learners’ comprehension of Spanish language music containing Caribbean dialectal features. Twenty‐one learners enrolled in 300‐ and 400‐level Spanish content courses at a large, Midwestern public university in the US participated in this study. Each participant completed the following five tasks: (1) listening task, (2) listening task difficulty questionnaire, (3) vocabulary familiarity task, (4) Spanish language proficiency test, and (5) background questionnaire. The listening task contained short clips of Spanish language music, several of which contained dialectal features present in Caribbean speech and music. The results ...


Precisiones Sobre La Identidad Dialectal De Las Islas Del Caribe Hispánico, Orlando Alba 2017 Brigham Young University - Provo

Precisiones Sobre La Identidad Dialectal De Las Islas Del Caribe Hispánico, Orlando Alba

All Faculty Publications

El objetivo de esta presentación consiste en mostrar que, a pesar de la creencia extendida sobre la homogeneidad lingüística antillana, no existe un solo español del Caribe. Se demuestra que Cuba, Puerto Rico y la República Dominicana mantienen su particular identidad dialectal. Se llega a esta conclusión, tanto desde la perspectiva subjetiva de la percepción que tienen los antillanos de su modo de hablar, como por medio del análisis de una serie de fenómenos fonéticos, sintácticos y léxicos.


It Just Doesn’T Add Up: Grammatical Number In Spanish And English, Amy S. Orf 2017 Northern Michigan University

It Just Doesn’T Add Up: Grammatical Number In Spanish And English, Amy S. Orf

Conference Presentations

This presentation examines the differences in grammatical number between Spanish and English, with respect to both the lexicon and agreement. These differences result in common errors by English-speaking students, such as yo pedí el camarón (“I ordered the shrimp”), tengo muchas ropas (“I have a lot of clothes”), mi postre favorito es las galletas (“my favorite dessert is cookies”), and me gustan cantar y bailar (“singing and dancing please me”). By highlighting the differences between Spanish and English, instructors can help their students avoid these pitfalls.


A Longitudinal Study Of Voice Onset Time Development In L2 Spanish Stops, Charles Nagle 2017 Iowa State University

A Longitudinal Study Of Voice Onset Time Development In L2 Spanish Stops, Charles Nagle

World Languages and Cultures Publications

Recent longitudinal approaches to second language (L2) pronunciation development have prioritized developmental trajectories, highlighting individual variation in phonetic learning over time. Aligning with this research paradigm, the present study examined voice onset time (VOT) production in Spanish/b/and/p/ over two semesters of elementary language instruction. Twenty-six native speakers of English who were novice learners of Spanish completed two L2 production tasks five times and an English production task once, designed to ascertain the frequency with which they prevoiced English voiced stops. Growth curve modeling revealed that linear and quadratic functions most accurately captured participants’ L2 VOT development insofar ...


¿Femenina O Masculino? La Adquisición Del Género De Sustantivos En Español, Hannah R. Deardorff 2017 University of Wyoming

¿Femenina O Masculino? La Adquisición Del Género De Sustantivos En Español, Hannah R. Deardorff

Honors Theses AY 16/17

The agreement between nouns and their respective articles are of upmost importance within the Spanish language. Although some L2 Spanish learners may believe that noun gender is not an important aspect of the Spanish language, it has shown to be very vital in the overall construction of a sentence, in the form of the adjectives and other grammatical tools being used (Vargas-Barn, 1952). There are many aspects that contribute to the difficulty of acquiring the gender of a Spanish noun for learners of Spanish as a second language. This includes characteristics of the learners such as their age, their sex ...


Bilingual (Spanish-English) Marketing As A Catalyst For Cultural Awareness: The Effect On Parents In The Toy Market, Margo K. Bailey 2017 University of Connecticut

Bilingual (Spanish-English) Marketing As A Catalyst For Cultural Awareness: The Effect On Parents In The Toy Market, Margo K. Bailey

Honors Scholar Theses

Due to globalization, multinational companies are increasingly cognizant of the language used in marketing materials. The growing Hispanic population in the U.S. and the increasing desire to learn and consume English in Spain makes marketers think twice about how they use language. This research is multi-method, using in-depth interviews and an experiment to learn more about how languages are used in advertisements to target monolingual and bilingual consumers within a country, and how consumers respond to monolingual and bilinguals advertisements.

I started by interviewing two marketing managers with experience in bilingual advertising in various media to better understand their ...


The Immersion Process: Cross-Cultural Language Learning, Rachel Lunsford 2017 University of South Carolina

The Immersion Process: Cross-Cultural Language Learning, Rachel Lunsford

Senior Theses

This study seeks to analyze the effects of motivation, awareness, and the immersion process through study abroad on foreign language production. Three participants were analyzed, two of which studied abroad and one who did not (my control case). Two of the three participants lacked the variable of awareness, measured as perception and reflection on language learning development, while only one participant (Participant M) who studied abroad in both Costa Rica and Spain, was made aware of her own learning process via a language learner’s journal and monthly recorded conversations. By studying abroad in two Spanish-speaking countries, Participant M selfreported ...


The Role Of Attitudes And Motivations As Major Factors In Acquisition Of Spanish As A Second Language, Laura Cabaniss 2017 East Tennessee State University

The Role Of Attitudes And Motivations As Major Factors In Acquisition Of Spanish As A Second Language, Laura Cabaniss

Undergraduate Honors Theses

This study used a questionnaire given to four classes of beginning Spanish to examine students’ motivations and attitudes towards learning a foreign language. Results show that although students do not regularly encounter individuals who do not speak English and therefore have little opportunity to practice language outside the classroom, their attitudes are overwhelmingly positive towards foreign language and culture. Most participants strongly agree that bilingualism is important and report they would want to be fluent in at least two languages.


Bilingualism And The American Family, Caitlin M. Nickerson 2017 University of Rhode Island

Bilingualism And The American Family, Caitlin M. Nickerson

Senior Honors Projects

Bilingualism is the ability to speak more than one language fluently. People of all ages may aspire to learn a second or third language in order to fulfill both personal goals and communicate with a variety of people in different contexts. Irrespective of one’s walk of life or socioeconomic status, being bilingual is a valuable skill. Although English is the language of power in the United States, there are hundreds of other languages spoken in this country.

There are a number of different ways in which children can become bilingual. For example, they may enter the school system speaking ...


Effectively Teaching A Second Language: Principles And Practices, Alexander Gatica 2017 Utah State University

Effectively Teaching A Second Language: Principles And Practices, Alexander Gatica

All Graduate Plan B and other Reports

This portfolio is the amalgamation of the author’s research and experience during his time in the Master of Second Language Teaching program. The first section contains the Teaching Philosophy, which centers on applying effective teaching methods, increasing learner motivation, and incorporating technology into the classroom. The next section consists of three artifacts in which the author further investigates specific aspects of language teaching. The language paper focuses on the effect that identity has on motivation to learn a language. The literacy paper discusses how to increase vocabulary acquisition via a mobile-assisted language learning application called Duolingo. The culture paper ...


Tango: A Spanish-Based Programming Language, Ashley M. Zegiestowsky 2017 Butler University

Tango: A Spanish-Based Programming Language, Ashley M. Zegiestowsky

Butler Journal of Undergraduate Research

The first part of this article deals with the creation of my own Spanish-based programming language, Tango, using Spanish key words (instead of English key words). The second part relates to the design and implementation of a compiler that follows the grammar rules outlined in the Tango language in order to successfully lexically analyze, parse, semantically analyze, and generate code for Tango. This article begins with a description of the specific goals achieved in the Tango language, an explanation and brief examples of the Tango Grammar, a high-level overview of the compiler design and data structures used, and concludes with ...


La /S/ Hipercorrecta En Las Noticias Dominicanas, Orlando Alba 2017 Brigham Young University - Provo

La /S/ Hipercorrecta En Las Noticias Dominicanas, Orlando Alba

All Faculty Publications

En esta presentación se examina la pronunciación de la /s/ en las noticias de la televisión dominicana. El análisis permite verificar la existencia del fenómeno de la hipercorrección en el habla de los presentadores y los reporteros, que producen unos índices extremadamente altos de retención de la /s/, en claro contraste con la situación propia del habla culta del país, que muestra una pronunciación variable, con predominio de la variante aspirada [h].


L1 Spanish Speakers Perception Of English Vowels Produced By Both L1 And L2 English Speakers, Richard Ambert Torres 2017 Iowa State University

L1 Spanish Speakers Perception Of English Vowels Produced By Both L1 And L2 English Speakers, Richard Ambert Torres

Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression

Vowel sounds are usually one of the biggest struggles adults face when learning a second language. The reason is that some languages like English have more vowel sounds than others; Spanish, in this case However, it may be possible that sharing the same native language could help people understand each other better when speaking the same L2. To test this hypothesis, it was examined through this study how L1 Spanish speakers perceive vowels spoken by other native Spanish speakers and native English speakers. The participants heard target words such as ‘bad’, ‘bed’, ‘bus’, ‘boss’, etc. and matched them to the ...


Organization Of Vocabulary In L2 Spanish Textbooks: Semantic Relationships Within And Between Vocabulary Lists, Brody Dingel 2017 Iowa State University

Organization Of Vocabulary In L2 Spanish Textbooks: Semantic Relationships Within And Between Vocabulary Lists, Brody Dingel

Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression

The use of semantically related words in new vocabulary lists is common practice in second language textbooks. However, research has suggested that organizing new foreign language vocabulary in semantic sets may cause interference and even slow acquisition as compared to other organizational methods (Erten & Tekin 2008). When it comes to assessing the frequency of this semantic organization of new vocabulary in foreign language textbooks, relatively little research has been done, especially with regard to Spanish textbooks. López-Jiménez's study (2012) on vocabulary in Spanish textbooks found that semantic organization was present in six of twelve textbooks surveyed, but the definition ...


The Effects Of Studying Abroad On Second Language Acquisition, Laura Albert 2017 University of Lynchburg

The Effects Of Studying Abroad On Second Language Acquisition, Laura Albert

Student Scholar Showcase

An increasing number of college students are participating in study abroad programs across the United States. The effectiveness of these study abroad trips on second language acquisition is an important topic for research. Previous studies have shown that there are differences for second language acquisition when it comes to the context of language learning (eg. classroom vs. abroad) as well as the duration of study abroad trips. The present study examined the effects of studying abroad versus formal classroom instruction on second language acquisition. In addition, the purpose of the study abroad trip was examined (e.g. learning Spanish, teaching ...


Racismo Y Lenguaje, Michele Back, Virgina Zavala 2017 University of Connecticut - Storrs

Racismo Y Lenguaje, Michele Back, Virgina Zavala

Faculty Published Works

Este libro busca contribuir al estudio de los procesos de racialización y de la construcción discursiva de nuevas identidades en el Perú contemporáneo. En lugar de abordar el racismo desde una dimensión cognitiva, se interesa por el rol que las prácticas lingüísticas cumplen en su constitución. Las diez contribuciones que integran este volumen examinan los discursos y las prácticas del racismo en ámbitos diversos y discuten las sutiles formas en las que se construye a un «otro» desde un criterio aparentemente no racial, pero bajo retóricas raciales de modo subyacente. Todos los artículos abordan la forma en que la raza ...


Defining Spanglish: A Linguistic Categorization Of Spanish-English Code-Switching In The United States, Leah Mernaugh 2017 Seattle Pacific University

Defining Spanglish: A Linguistic Categorization Of Spanish-English Code-Switching In The United States, Leah Mernaugh

Honors Projects

This paper will linguistically explore the forms of Spanish spoken by Spanish-English bilinguals in the United States in order to argue that Spanglish is a complex linguistic system governed by a set of specific linguistic rules and patterns. I will do this by drawing on previous research in this field that examines the phonological patterns, morphological trends, and syntactic constraints that govern acceptable code switches between English and Spanish (Otheguy, 1993; Rodriguez-Gonzalez and Parafita-Couto, 2012; Rothman and Rell, 2005; Lipski, 2008; et al.). This evaluation of Spanglish will also include description and assessment of different arguments regarding how it can ...


A Sociolinguistic Survey Of "Latinx", Haley Patterson 2017 University of North Georgia

A Sociolinguistic Survey Of "Latinx", Haley Patterson

Honors Theses

This overview examines the usage of the term “Latinx” from its coinage to its inclusion in the Oxford English Dictionary’s top ten candidates for “Word of the Year” in 2016. The study evaluates the term’s future based on its projected use in certain geographical areas and its adoption by certain professions and niche social groups. The most common motives for usage include a desire to disrupt the social normative of a binary gender system, to acknowledge the intersectionality between the LGBTQ and Latino communities, and to battle the subjugation of non-gender conforming Hispanics. This work analyzes which professional ...


¿Qué Pasa Con Cuba Ahora?: La Economía Actual Y Sus Proyecciones Para El Futuro, Erica L. Nye 2017 Gettysburg College

¿Qué Pasa Con Cuba Ahora?: La Economía Actual Y Sus Proyecciones Para El Futuro, Erica L. Nye

Student Publications

A través de un análisis de las opiniones y datos del libro Cuba. Hacia una estrategia de desarrollo para los inicios de siglo XXI y de las acciones que han ocurrido desde la publicación de este libro en el año 2012, este ensayo es una explicación de la economía actual y una proyección de lo que viene para Cuba. Los elementos de la economía que están considerados son: el sistema de microfinanzas y la pequeña y mediana empresa (Pyme), el sistema monetario, el control estatal, las industrias biotecnológicas e farmacéuticas, el acceso al internet, la infraestructura, la agroindustria de la ...


La Teología Poética De Los Real Visceralistas, Angela G. Pegarella 2017 Gettysburg College

La Teología Poética De Los Real Visceralistas, Angela G. Pegarella

Student Publications

Voy a analizar el rol que juegan la poesía y la religión en la novela Los detectives salvajes. Mi pregunta se trata de una conversación que tuvimos en clase cuando estábamos leyendo el texto. ¿Hay un tema de religión en la novela Los detectives salvajes por Roberto Bolaño aún si es sutil? Yo creo fuertemente que sí. Durante toda la novela, noté una alegoría cristiana que se manifiesta en los personajes principales (Cesárea Tinajero, Ulises Lima, y Arturo Belano en particular), la estructura (las dos partes de la Biblia y las tres partes de la novela), y la semejanza del ...


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