On the basis of spontaneous Dutch and English conversations between
native speakers of Dutch, the present paper investigates how native speakers
of Dutch acquire the laryngeal phonology of English. The laryngeal systems
in Dutch and English are significantly different: whereas voiceless stops in
English are aspirated in certain environments, they are unaspirated in Dutch.
Moreover, phonologically voiced stops are often phonetically voiceless in
English, in contrast to Dutch, where they are usually prevoiced. Because the
informants have a different dialectal background in Dutch, the study also
focuses on the extent to which the informants transfer the voice assimilations
of their Dutch regiolect into their English speech.