General programme, activity sheet

Saturday 9 September, 2017 10:30 to 11:00

Oral presentation

Effects of phrase-final lengthening on English speakers’ manifestation of lexical accent in Japanese

Speaker: Kakeru Yazawa (Matsumura), Waseda University

Authors: Kakeru Yazawa; Mariko Kondo

This study investigates how L1 English speakers manifest lexical accent in L2 Japanese, with a focus on language transfer and phrase-final lengthening. A previous study found that English learners of Japanese tend to increase vowel duration to indicate Japanese lexical accent, even though duration is not a good acoustic correlate of lexical accent in Japanese. While this can be attributed to language transfer of English stress, phrase-final lengthening may also play a part because L2 prosody differs considerably from native speech. Comparison of English speakers’ production with that of native Japanese speakers revealed that this was indeed the case. While English speakers generally increased the duration of lexically accented vowels, additional pauses and phrase boundaries in their utterances contributed to further lengthening of the vowels. The results suggest that the potential effects of prosodic boundaries should not be overlooked in L2 speech production studies.

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L2 acquisition / L3/Ln and bi/multilingual language - Session V

Other activities in L2 acquisition / L3/Ln and bi/multilingual language - Session V

09:00 h. to 09:30 h.

Oral presentation

L2 acquisition of definiteness in English: non-target mapping of anaphoricity onto 'the'

Speaker: Elina Tuniyan, University of Southampton
Speaker: Roumyana Slabakova, University of Southampton

09:30 h. to 10:00 h.

Oral presentation

Acquisition of L2 French object pronouns by advanced Anglophone learners

Speaker: Julia Herschensohn, Univeristy of Washington
Speaker: Randall Gess, Carleton University

11:00 h. to 11:30 h.

Oral presentation

Finding 'Who': Position of Antecedent Hypothesis in Non-native Spanish

Speaker: Dahee Ahn, Seoul National University

10:00 h. to 10:30 h.

Oral presentation

The L2 Acquisition and Processing of ‘Bleached’ Adversity in Chinese Passives

Speaker: Ruyi Dai, University of Cambridge