This paper examines the second language (L2) acquisition of Yoruba tones. Data was collected from K-12, undergraduate, and graduate Americans learning Yoruba. The author addresses first language interference, narrow pitch range, age, learners' motivation for L2 acquisition, and tone teaching strategies. The paper recommends a number of strategies to assist in teaching the Yoruba tone system.
Selected Proceedings of the 36th Annual Conference on African Linguistics: Shifting the Center of Africanism in Language Politics and Economic Globalization
edited by Olaoba F. Arasanyin and Michael A. Pemberton
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