Tendencies of Swedish word accent production by L2-learners with tonal and non-tonal L1

Mechtild Tronnier, Elisabeth Zetterholm

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A comparison between second language learners of Swedish, some of whom have an L1 with lexical tones, while the others do not, and their ability to produce adequate tonal word accents in Swedish is presented. The L1s in question are Farsi, Somali, Vietnamese and Thai. There is no clear evidence that it is easier to learn the correct Swedish word accent patterns and their correct application for speakers whose L1 is a tonal language of any sort. Instead, it does seem to be an advantage to be an L1-speaker of a particular type of tonal language.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNordic prosody: proceedings of the XIth conferece, Tartu 2012
EditorsEva Liina Asu, Lippus Pärtel
PublisherPeter Lang Publishing Group
ISBN (Print)978-3-631-64427-0
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Bibliographical note

The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015.
The record was previously connected to the following departments: Linguistics and Phonetics (015010003)

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • General Language Studies and Linguistics


  • foreign accent
  • tonal typology
  • second language speech


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