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Daniela Oliveira


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Subject Phonetic Characterization of Portuguese Acquisition by Native American English Speakers - PhD program at the Audiology and Speech Pathology Department of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville
Advisor Devin Caseniser, Mark S Hedrick, António J. S. Teixeira, Ferenc Bunta (Committee Members)
Group Biomedical Informatics and Technologies
Status PhD student
Starts 2010/02/01
Ends 2017/03/01
Country USA
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A phonetic study of Portuguese acquisition as a second language (L2), in the American socio-cultural environment, is the fundament of the research we are proposing to develop. It is our intention to carry an experimental pilot study in order to discern the main problems that Native American English speakers experience when learning the Portuguese language. These data will be analyzed primarily regarding three major aspects: the segment (vocal and consonant system; assimilation/dissimilation processes); syllabic structure and stress. Furthermore it will provide clues for the improved design of future, more targeted, experiments. These detailed experiments will involve speech sample recordings of American college students learning either Brazilian or European Portuguese, and young native speakers for comparison.
In order to improve the speech production of learners of L2 Portuguese, it is our goal to collaborate with speech pathology specialists with the objective of designing new teaching tools and strategies.