This paper investigates the L2 acquisition of English word-final stops (codas) by Brazilian Portuguese speakers in a classroom environment. The analysis is couched within a stochastic version of Optimality Theory (i.e. the Gradual Learning Algorithm) and follows a sociolinguistic approach for data collection and analysis. This study promotes a multidisciplinary approach for the analysis of variation in second language acquisition that combines theoretical and methodological tools from three linguistic disciplines in an attempt to develop a "socially realistic linguistics".
Proceedings of the 7th Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition Conference (GASLA 2004)
edited by Laurent Dekydtspotter, Rex A. Sprouse, and Audrey Liljestrand Table of contents
ISBN 978-1-57473-406-5 library binding
v + 291 pages
publication date: 2005
published by Cascadilla Proceedings Project, Somerville, MA, USA