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The Perceptual Effect of L1 Prosody Transplantation on L2 Speech: The Case of French Accented German

  • Research has shown that language learners are not only challenged by segmental differences between their native language (L1) and the second language (L2). They also have problems with the correct production of suprasegmental structures, like phone/syllable duration and the realization of pitch. These difficulties often lead to a perceptible foreign accent. This study investigates the influence of prosody transplantation on foreign accent ratings. Syllable duration and pitch contour were transferred from utterances of a male and female German native speaker to utterances of ten French native speakers speaking German. Acoustic measurements show that French learners spoke with a significantly lower speaking rate. As expected, results of a perception experiment judging the accentedness of 1) German native utterances, 2) unmanipulated and 3) manipulated utterances of French learners of German suggest that the transplantation of the prosodic features syllable duration and pitch leads to a decrease in accentedness rating. These findings confirm results found in similar studies investigating prosody transplantation with different L1 and L2 and provide a beneficial technique for (computer-assisted) pronunciation training.

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Author:Jeanin Jügler, Frank Zimmerer, Jürgen Trouvain, Bernd Möbius
URN:urn:nbn:de:bsz:mh39-59034
DOI:https://doi.org/10.21437/Interspeech.2016-1268
ISSN:1990-9772
Parent Title (English):Proceedings of Interspeech 2016. San Francisco, USA. 8–12 Sep, 2016
Publisher:International Speech Communication Association
Place of publication:Baixas
Editor:Nelson Morgan
Document Type:Conference Proceeding
Language:English
Year of first Publication:2016
Date of Publication (online):2017/02/22
Publicationstate:Veröffentlichungsversion
Tag:French; German; Prosody Transplantation; Second Language Learning
GND Keyword:Deutsch als Fremdsprache; Französisch; Fremdsprachenlernen; Prosodie
First Page:67
Last Page:71
Dewey Decimal Classification:400 Sprache / 400 Sprache, Linguistik
Linguistics-Classification:Phonetik / Phonologie
Open Access?:Ja
Licence (German):Es gilt das UrhG