An Optimality-Theoretic Study of Interlanguage Phonology Development in Persian Learners of English

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Title

An Optimality-Theoretic Study of Interlanguage Phonology Development in Persian Learners of English

Authors

Golnaz Modarresi Ghavami (Ph.D.)

Allameh Tabataba’i University, Tehran, Iran 

Mohammad Hadi Mahmoodi (Ph.D. student)

Allameh Tabataba’i University, Tehran, Iran

 

Bio data

Golnaz Modarresi Ghavami is an assistant professor at Linguistics Department of Allameh Tabataba’i University, Tehran, Iran. Her main research areas are Phonology and Linguistics.

Mohammad Hadi Mahmoodi is a Ph.D. student who studies TEFL at Allameh Tabataba’i University, Tehran, Iran. His main research areas are Testing and Theories of second language learning.    

Abstract

This study is an attempt to investigate the accessibility of Universal Grammar to Persian adult EFL learners. It is a cross-sectional study in which we try to use the concepts and framework of Optimality Theory to gain a better understanding about interlanguage phonology development. We are especially interested in examining the type and the rate of errors Persian English learners make in acquiring English complex onsets and the L2 learners’ stages of interlanguage development in this respect.

Key words: Interlanguage phonology, Optimality theory, Universal grammar, Persian    Phonology, English Phonology

Category: 2010