Phonetic and phonological influences in non-native intonation: an overview for language teachers.



Mennen, Ineke (2006) Phonetic and phonological influences in non-native intonation: an overview for language teachers. Phonetic and phonological influences in non-native intonation: an overview for language teachers. (WP-9). (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Just as poor pronunciation can make a foreign language learner very difficult to understand, poor prosodic and intonational skills can have an equally devastating effect on communication and can make conversation frustrating and unpleasant for both learners and their listeners. Language teachers have lately become more aware of this and have shifted the focus of their pronunciation teaching more towards the inclusion of suprasegmentals alongside segmentals with a view of improving general comprehensibility (Celce-Murcia, Brinton and Goodwin 1996). It is therefore crucial for language teachers to be aware of current research findings in the area of foreign (second) language learning of prosody and intonation, the type of prosodic and intonational ‘errors’ second language (L2) learners are likely to make, and in particular where these ‘errors’ stem from. The focus of this paper will be on intonation in L2 learning, but some related prosodic phenomena such as stress and rhythm will be touched upon.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is a draft of a chapter entitled "Phonological and phonetic influences in non-native intonation" submitted to Jurgen Trouvan and Ulrike Gut (eds)Non-native prosody: phonetic descriptions and teaching practice.
Divisions: School of Health Sciences > Clinical Audiology, Speech and Language Research Centre
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2009 17:54
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2014 12:54
URI: http://eresearch.qmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/151

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