L2 intonation: A study of L1 transfer in Japanese intonation by English-speaking learners

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Title L2 intonation: A study of L1 transfer in Japanese intonation by English-speaking learners
Author Tsurutani, Chiharu
Journal Name Second Language
Year Published 2011
Place of publication Japan
Publisher The Japanese Second Language Association
Abstract This study investigated intonation of Japanese sentences spoken by Australian English speakers and the influence of their first language (L1) prosody. The second language (L2) intonation is a complicated product of the L1 transfer at two levels of prosodic hierarchy, at word level and at phrase levels. For each level, the typical error patterns were listed and described in terms of L2 acquisition in the first part. In the second part, intonation contours were acoustically measured and compared with native speakers’ model. The result shows that it is not a necessary assessment criterion for L2 pronunciation to have an identical intonation contour to the native model, but indicates that correct lexical pitch patterns make a significant impact on the pitch contour of a sentence in Japanese and is worthy to instruct learners carefully.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://j-sla.org/magazine/magazine10.html#abstract04
Volume 10
Page from 79
Page to 102
ISSN 1347-278X
Date Accessioned 2012-02-28; 2012-05-03T06:12:15Z
Date Available 2012-05-03T06:12:15Z
Research Centre Griffith Institute for Educational Research
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Linguistic Structures (incl Grammar, Phonology, Lexicon, Semantics)
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/44879
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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