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An acoustic study of L2 English and L2 Japanese. Ediz. inglese e giapponese
di Motoko Ueyama
“This book is a pioneering work in the area of prosodic transfer. It will become one of the major readings for researchers working on the acquisition of second language prosody.” Professor Sun-Ah Jun, University of California, Los Angeles The book presents an extended investigation of how first language (L1) prosodic characteristics affect second language (L2) prosodic patterns in the production of the adult L2 speaker: i.e., prosodic transfer . Two L2 types are examined experimentally: L2 English produced by L1 Japanese speakers, and L2 Japanese produced by L1 English speakers. This comparison is interesting, since Japanese and English are typologically very different in terms of their prosodic properties: e.g., English has stress accent, while Japanese has pitch accent; Japanese has a phonemic length contrast, while English does not; English is a stress-timed language, while Japanese is a mora-timed language. The results of a series of acoustic experiments show the complex effects of L1 on L2 speech development at multiple speech levels. The implications of the results presented in the book should be of interest to researchers in phonetics, phonology and L2 language acquisition as well as language teachers. Motoko Ueyama received her Ph.D. in applied linguistics at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is currently Lecturer in the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literature and in the Advanced School of Modern Languages for Interpreters and Translators (SSLMIT) of the University of Bologna. Her research focuses on the acquisition of second/foreign language speech, in particular, its prosodic aspects, within the framework of experimental phonetics.
Letteratura e linguistica
Linguistica, Interpretazione e Traduzione
145 × 210 mm
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