Volume 10, Issue 1
  • ISSN 1879-7865
  • E-ISSN: 1879-7873
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This introduction to the special issue presents a brief overview of the phonological phenomenon of liaison in French, drawing on the morphosyntactic contexts of its use by native speakers. We outline previous research on liaison in second language acquisition, focusing on the challenges this phenomenon presents to learner comprehension and production, and on major findings in each area. We then present a synopsis of the articles in this special issue, which highlight key questions with regard to the development of this phonological feature in the learners’ French.


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  1. Chevrot, J.-P., Dugua, C., Harnois-Delpiano, M., Siccardi, A., & Spinelli, E.
    (2013) Liaison acquisition: Debates, critical issues, future research. Language Sciences, 39, 83–94. 10.1016/j.langsci.2013.02.011
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    (Eds.) (2016) Varieties of spoken French: A source book. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199573714.001.0001
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    (2013) Convergence and divergence in the acquisition of French liaison by native and non-native speakers. A review of existing data and avenues for future research. Language, Interaction and Acquisition, 4(2), 161–189. 10.1075/lia.4.2.03wau
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