Saturday 9 September, 2017 10:30 to 11:00
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.
L2 acquisition / L3/Ln and bi/multilingual language - Session V
Place:Sala George Bernanos
09:00 h. to 09:30 h.
Oral presentationL2 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 presentationAcquisition 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 presentationFinding 'Who': Position of Antecedent Hypothesis in Non-native Spanish
Speaker: Dahee Ahn, Seoul National University
10:00 h. to 10:30 h.
Oral presentationThe L2 Acquisition and Processing of ‘Bleached’ Adversity in Chinese Passives
Speaker: Ruyi Dai, University of Cambridge