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Relative durations of post-vocalic consonants in readaloud Spanish by native Swedish L2-learners
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of language studies.
2013 (English)In: Proceedings of Fonetik 2013: The XXVIth Annual Phonetics Meeting 12–13 June 2013, Linköping University Linköping, Sweden / [ed] Robert Eklund, Linköping: Linköping universitet , 2013, 81-84 p.Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Prosody is said to be a persistent feature in foreign accents, particularly in the speech of adult learners. Native Swedish speakers have been reported to lengthen vowels in Spanish as well as post-vocalic consonants in English and German, more than native speakers of the respective languages. The aim of the present study is to examine whether native Swedish learners of Spanish produce increased postvocalic consonant durations in a reading aloud exercise. The text contains certain words that could be expected to trigger complementary consonant lengthening in native Swedish speakers. The result shows that there is no general tendency for native Swedes to lengthen post-vocalic consonants more than native speakers of Spanish in the present speech material. There are examples of longer consonant durations in the speech of the native,Swedish subjects, but it could be a coincidence. A conclusion is that the text used in the study, and probably Spanish as a language, contains few words that are ideal for triggering lengthening of post-vocalic consonants in native Swedish speakers.

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Linköping: Linköping universitet , 2013. 81-84 p.
, Studies in Language and Culture, ISSN 1403-2570 ; 21
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-83503ISBN: 978-91-7519-582-7OAI: diva2:667907
The XXVIth Annual Phonetics Meeting 12–13 June 2013, Linköping University Linköping, Sweden
Available from: 2013-11-28 Created: 2013-11-28 Last updated: 2013-12-06

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