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'Rosa' versus 'rossa': the acquisition of Italian geminates by native speakers of Dutch

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This study examines to what extent native speakers of Dutch, who are beginning learners of Italian, have acquired the perception and production of the Italian contrast between singleton and geminate consonants. In Italian, but not in Dutch, consonants can be phonemically long and minimal pairs like dita (‘fingers’) – ditta (‘company’) differ only in the singleton vs. geminate character of the consonant. The results of an AXB discrimination task and a word-reading task revealed that learners were able to perceive the distinction between singletons and geminates and produced longer closure/frication durations for geminate than for singleton consonants. In addition, just like native speakers, they produced significantly longer vowels preceding singletons than preceding geminates. However, the distribution of individual tokens showed a considerable overlap between the singleton and the geminate category. The results confirm Mah & Archibald’s (2003) hypothesis that learners may redeploy a familiar native language length contrast in vowels in the context of consonants, but may fail to phonetically implement the contrast in a native-like way.
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production, perception., geminate consonant, singleton consonant, Second language acquisition, Italian, Dutch

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De Clercq, Bastien, Ellen Simon, and Claudia Crocco. “‘Rosa’ Versus ‘Rossa’: The Acquisition of Italian Geminates by Native Speakers of Dutch.” PHRASIS (GENT) : STUDIES IN LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE 2.2 (2014): 3–29. Print.
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De Clercq, Bastien, Simon, E., & Crocco, C. (2014). “Rosa” versus “rossa”: the acquisition of Italian geminates by native speakers of Dutch. PHRASIS (GENT) : STUDIES IN LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE, 2(2), 3–29.
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De Clercq, Bastien, Ellen Simon, and Claudia Crocco. 2014. “‘Rosa’ Versus ‘Rossa’: The Acquisition of Italian Geminates by Native Speakers of Dutch.” Phrasis (gent) : Studies in Language and Literature 2 (2): 3–29.
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De Clercq, Bastien, Ellen Simon, and Claudia Crocco. 2014. “‘Rosa’ Versus ‘Rossa’: The Acquisition of Italian Geminates by Native Speakers of Dutch.” Phrasis (gent) : Studies in Language and Literature 2 (2): 3–29.
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De Clercq B, Simon E, Crocco C. “Rosa” versus “rossa”: the acquisition of Italian geminates by native speakers of Dutch. PHRASIS (GENT) : STUDIES IN LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE. 2014;2(2):3–29.
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B. De Clercq, E. Simon, and C. Crocco, “‘Rosa’ versus ‘rossa’: the acquisition of Italian geminates by native speakers of Dutch,” PHRASIS (GENT) : STUDIES IN LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE, vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 3–29, 2014.
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  abstract     = {This study examines to what extent native speakers of Dutch, who are beginning learners of Italian, have acquired the  perception and production of the Italian contrast between singleton and geminate consonants. In Italian, but not in Dutch, consonants can be phonemically long and minimal pairs like dita (‘fingers’) – ditta (‘company’) differ only in the singleton vs. geminate character of the consonant. The results of an AXB discrimination task and a word-reading task revealed that learners were able to perceive the distinction between  singletons and geminates and produced longer closure/frication durations for geminate than for singleton consonants. In addition, just like native speakers, they  produced significantly longer vowels preceding singletons than preceding geminates. However, the distribution of individual tokens showed a considerable overlap between the singleton and the geminate category. The results confirm Mah & Archibald’s (2003) hypothesis that learners may redeploy a familiar native language length contrast in vowels in the context of consonants, but may fail to phonetically implement the contrast in a native-like way.},
  author       = {De Clercq, Bastien and Simon, Ellen and Crocco, Claudia},
  issn         = {2030-5265},
  journal      = {PHRASIS (GENT) : STUDIES IN LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE},
  keywords     = {production,perception.,geminate consonant,singleton consonant,Second language acquisition,Italian,Dutch},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {3--29},
  title        = {'Rosa' versus 'rossa': the acquisition of Italian geminates by native speakers of Dutch},
  volume       = {2},
  year         = {2014},
}