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Characterising the internal structure of learner intonation and its development over time
ESRC Centre for Research on Bilingualism, Bangor University.
Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen.
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of language studies.
2010 (English)In: Proceedings of The 6th International Symposium on the Acquisition of Second Language Speech (Newsounds 2010), 2010Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper describes the internal structure and longitudinal development of L2 learner intonation in two groups of three speakers from structurally different source languages (Punjabi and Italian) learning the same target language (English). The speakers were recently arrived immigrants in their host country and were followed over a period of thirty months. During this period, their intonation was analysed at two longitudinal points along three dimensions of the intonation system: (i) the inventory of structural elements (pitch accents and boundary tones); (ii) the way these are realised; and (iii) their distribution. Some attention is also paid to the functional aspect of learner intonation. Results show that there are many similarities across speakers in most dimensions of intonation. It seems that learners start out with the same inventory of structural elements from the start of their learning, regardless of the source language of the learners, although there are some differences in the frequency of use of certain patterns and the rate at which the system develop

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intonation, learner variety, longitudinal development
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-33658OAI: diva2:316498
The Ups and Downs of Learner Intonation: A Cross-Language and Longitudinal Investigation of the Intonation Systems of L2 Learners
Available from: 2010-04-30 Created: 2010-04-30 Last updated: 2010-04-30Bibliographically approved

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