Volume 2, Issue 2
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Gender has been shown to be a salient factor in acquisition of second language variation ( Adamson & Regan, 1991 ; Major, 2004 ; Meyerhoff & Schleef, 2012 ; Rehner, Mougeon, & Nadasdi, 2003 ; Schleef, Meyerhoff, & Clark, 2011 ). However, these studies have primarily focused on learner production of target language variation and style in the sense of attention paid to speech. There has been little focus on learner perceptions of the social meanings associated with L2 variants and styles. The present article addresses this gap in the research by examining L2 learner perceptions of a gendered style of speaking in Mandarin Chinese known as . Results from a perception experiment confirm the salience of gender in the acquisition of L2 variation and show that American L2 Mandarin learners have acquired some of the social meanings associated with but not others. An acoustic phonetic analysis of is also presented.


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