Swedish tonal word accents produced by Vietnamese L1 speakers

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This study addresses the question of whether Vietnamese L1 speakers make an adequate distinction in tonal patterns when producing two tonal accent words in their L2, Swedish. Both languages use tonal features to distinguish lexical meaning. Some previous studies suggest that a lexical tonal L1 may provide L2 learners an advantage in perceptually discriminating between different tones in another tone language, while other studies show that this may not necessarily be the case. What constitutes an adequate distinction is identified as such by native speakers/listeners of Swedish. Results revealed that no
adequate distinction is made between the tone accents by the L2 speakers. However, one tonal pattern is produced more frequently and it seems to resemble one of the Swedish accents, but not the other. It may be that one of the Vietnamese tones is similar to a certain accent pattern in Swedish and is therefore recognized by the L2 speakers and
transferred in tonal accent production.


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Specific Languages
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 6th Pronunciation in Second Language Learning Teaching Conference Proceedings of PSLLT
EditorsJohn M. Levis, Rania Mohammed, Manman Qian, Ziwei Zhou
PublisherTESL/Applied Linguistics, Iowa State University
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Publication categoryResearch
EventThe 6th Pronunciation in Second Language Learning Teaching Conference (PSLLT) - Santa Barbara, CA, United States
Duration: 2014 Sep 52014 Sep 6

Publication series

ISSN (Print)2380-9566


ConferenceThe 6th Pronunciation in Second Language Learning Teaching Conference (PSLLT)
CountryUnited States
CitySanta Barbara, CA