Systematic differences in consonant sounds between the interlanguage phonology of a Brazilian Portuguese learner of English and standard American English


  • Denise Osborne Teachers College - Columbia University



Brazilian Portuguese, English As A Second Language, Interlanguage Phonology



This study surveys the interlanguage phonology of a Brazilian learner of English who has primarily learned English in a naturalistic environment. The phonological analysis of her speech shows that native language transfer is a strong source of pronunciation difficulties, constraints, and deviations. However, other factors seem to play a relevant role in this learner's interlanguage, such as sounds that are universally considered difficult to acquire. Interestingly, some of the phonological strategies applied by the participant are not unique to an interlanguage but are also applied by native speakers. Considerations about possible miscommunication are addressed.

Biografia do Autor

Denise Osborne, Teachers College - Columbia University

Denise M. Osborne received a B.A. in Portuguese and English from Centro Universitário do Planalto de Araxá (1986), a B.A. in Applied Linguistics: Teaching a Foreign Language from City University of New York (2006). She is currently a M. A. candidate in Applied Linguistics at Teachers College Columbia University. She also teaches Portuguese as a foreign language in several schools, including the Chazen Institute of Columbia University and immersion courses at SUNY New Paltz in New York.