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Minimizing Foreign Accent in Multiple Language Learning (MiFA).
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Philosophy and Linguistics.
2004 (English)In: Fonetik 2004, The XVIIth Swedish Phonetics Conference, Stockholm: Stockholm University, 2004, 128-131 p.Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The teaching of a foreign language to adultsvery often lacks appropriate assistance for thelearning of pronunciation. Insights into thelearning processes are necessary in order to beable to design a special learning programme.The project aims at investigating theseprocesses for university students engaged inbeginner level courses of German in Swedenand of Swedish in the German speakingcountries in the context of multiple languagelearning. Both languages are linguisticallyclosely related to each other, especially wherephonology is concerned. A typical foreignaccent very often hampers smoothcommunication. Therefore minimizing theforeign accent appears to be a challenge,especially when these two kindred languagesare concerned.The project research will be carried out asa longitudinal study. Various kinds of speechmaterial will be recorded at certain intervals,digitalized and collected in the database MiFA,analysed and labelled for cross searching. Ourresults will add new knowledge and insightsinto the learning of pronunciation of twokindred languages in the context of multiplelanguage learning. A large quantity of data willallow for a quantitative evaluation of differenthypotheses, foremost the role of the first andthe second language.

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Stockholm: Stockholm University, 2004. 128-131 p.
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-8828OAI: diva2:148499
Fonetik 2004, The XVIIth Swedish Phonetics Conference, 26-28 May, Stockholm University
Available from: 2009-01-28 Created: 2009-01-28 Last updated: 2013-07-23Bibliographically approved

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