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The present study investí gates confusión patterns in the identification of English vowel sounds by native Spanish learners. The aim was to test the validity of Kuhl's Native Language Magnet (NLM) theory for Spanish learners with an intermediate level of competence in English. Following this theory, the English and Spanish vowel systems were compared in order to obtain a set of L2 confusión predictions that could be derived from the NLM model. It was hypothesized that the prototype model woulddoi:10.14198/raei.1997.10.06 fatcat:t6w6ljnffbgtvmos3aq3ofuq6q