Rhythmic contrast between Swedish and Albanian as an explanation for L2-speech?

Mechtild Tronnier, Elisabeth Zetterholm

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Based on observations of the rhythmic structure of L2-speech produced by L1-speakers of Albanian – which suggest the occurrence of transfer – a study is presented here that compares durational aspects between the two languages. In order to do this, speech read by Swedish and Albanian L1-speakers was recorded and investigated, and normalized durational factors were analysed. The results, however, do not support the assumption that there is variation in the rhythmic structure between the two languages. According to the results, transfer cannot explain previous observations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Symposium on Monolingual and Bilingual Speech 2015
EditorsElena Babatsouli, David Ingram
PublisherInstitute of monolingual and bilingual speech, Chania, Greece
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)978-618-82351-0-6
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventInternational Symposium on Monolingual and Bilingual Speech 2015 (ISMBS 2015) - Chania, Kreta, Greece
Duration: 2015 Sep 72015 Sep 10


ConferenceInternational Symposium on Monolingual and Bilingual Speech 2015 (ISMBS 2015)
Abbreviated titleISMBS 2015
CityChania, Kreta
Internet address

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • General Language Studies and Linguistics


  • language rhythm
  • prominence
  • transfer
  • Albanian
  • Swedish

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