Patterns of Prominence in L2 : Observations from Learners of Swedish with L1S of Diverse Prominence Properties

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Swedish has – like other Germanic languages – flexible stress placement, which underlies morphological rules and is also based on the
individual word’s origin. The achievement of the correct usage when learning Swedish is challenging. As second language learners of Swedish in the classrooms present speakers of a variety of first
languages (L1s), the opportunity has been taken to have a closer look on how stress in L2 is handled. For that reason, learners with Somali, Albanian, Vietnamese and Farsi as their first language were recorded when speaking L2-Swedish. These languages exemplify a variety of systems in regard to the usage of stress. The recorded speech was analysed and the observed way of administering stress in L2 was compared to the organisation of stress in L1.


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • General Language Studies and Linguistics


  • prominence, stress placement, stress systems, Foreign accent, L2-prosody
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences.
PublisherUniversity of Glasgow
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)978-0-85261-942-1, 978-0-85261-941-4
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Publication categoryResearch
EventThe 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS 2015) - Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 2015 Aug 102015 Aug 14

Publication series

ISSN (Print)2412-0669


ConferenceThe 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS 2015)
CountryUnited Kingdom