Swedish word accents, intonation and L2 English: Aligning tonal, metrical and morphosyntactic structure during L2 processing

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Mastering a new language (L2) implies the need to readjust the associations between different components (phonology, lexicon, grammar) in the native language (L1). L2 speakers have often been observed to apply prosodic patterns from their first language when processing a new language. Swedish speakers have been reported to produce a word melody that resembles accent 1 when speaking foreign languages. The present case study, using data from a speaker of Central Swedish, proposes a possible explanation for this ‘prosodic transfer’ phenomenon in terms of differences in alignment of metrical, tonal, and morphosyntactic patterns in Swedish and English and analyses empirical data from this perspective.


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  • General Language Studies and Linguistics


Original languageSwedish
Title of host publicationFonologi, sosiolingvistikk og vitenskapsteori
Subtitle of host publicationFestskrift til Gjert Kristoffersen
EditorsJan Kristian Hognestad
Place of PublicationOslo
PublisherNovus Forlag
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)978-82-8390-029-3
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Publication categoryResearch

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