Negative transfer from Spanish to English in vowels /ʌ/ and /æ/


  • Luis Cid Colegio St. John's School



English teaching, foreign language acquisition, spelling, linguistic transfer, phonetic-phonological negative transfer


The aim of this non-experimental descriptive study is to establish if linguisticnegative transfer caused by the aural perception of Spanish vowel phonemesis responsible for spelling mistakes found in 5th graders’ written texts from aSpanish-English bilingual school in Concepción, Chile. The subjects of thisstudy participated in an aural perception test in which they had to representthe English vowels /ʌ/ and /æ/ —these vowels were presented in twelve pseudowords. The results are consistent with the literature on the subject of phonetic-phonological negative transfer, suggesting the influence of Spanish phonicson the auditory vowel perception in English, both for pseudo words within asemantic context and in isolation.

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Luis Cid, Colegio St. John's School

B.A in Education and Master in Applied Linguistics, Universidad de Concepción. Professor of English, St. John’s School, Concepción, Chile.


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How to Cite

Cid, L. (2017). Negative transfer from Spanish to English in vowels /ʌ/ and /æ/. Íkala, Revista De Lenguaje Y Cultura, 22(2), 287–309.



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