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Too cautious to vary more? A comparison of pitch variation in native and non-native productions of French and German speakers

  • This article presents preliminary results indicating that speakers have a different pitch range when they speak a foreign language compared to the pitch variation that occurs when they speak their native language. To this end, a learner corpus with French and German speakers was analyzed. Results suggest that speakers indeed produce a smaller pitch range in the respective L2. This is true for both groups of native speakers. A possible explanation for this finding is that speakers are less confident in their productions, therefore, they concentrate more on segments and words and subsequently refrain from realizing pitch range more native-like. For language teaching, the results suggest that learners should be trained extensively on the more pronounced use of pitch in the foreign language.

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Author:Frank Zimmerer, Jeanin Jügler, Bistra Andreeva, Bernd Möbius, Jürgen Trouvain
Parent Title (English):Proceedings to the 7th Speech Prosody Conference. Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. May 20-23, 2014
Publisher:International Speech Communication Association
Place of publication:Baixas
Editor:Nick Campbell, Dafydd Gibbon, Daniel Hirst
Document Type:Conference Proceeding
Year of first Publication:2014
Date of Publication (online):2017/02/27
Tag:language learning; pitch variation
GND Keyword:Akustische Phonetik; Deutsch; Französisch; Fremdsprachenlernen
First Page:1037
Last Page:1041
Dewey Decimal Classification:400 Sprache / 400 Sprache, Linguistik
Linguistics-Classification:Phonetik / Phonologie
Open Access?:Ja
Licence (German):Es gilt das UrhG