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Order of L2 Acquisition of Prosodic Prominence Patterns: Evidence from L1 Spanish/L2 English Speech
Emily Nava and Maria Luisa Zubizarreta
175-187 (complete paper or proceedings contents)

Abstract

Prosodic transfer is a rich area of research for second language acquisition, encompassing multiple aspects of a speaker's production. In the research reported here the authors are particularly interested in the L2 acquisition of main sentence prominence or nuclear stress (NS), regarding how the L1 (Spanish) and the L2 (English) differ in important respects. This paper makes two contributions: 1) It argues that the distinct timing of the L2 acquisition of different types of prosodic patterns follow from the presence versus absence of competing L1 algorithms, providing evidence on the one hand for the existence of prosodic transfer, and on the other hand, for a modular view of NS placement. 2) It presents preliminary evidence from L2 speech that the type of phrasal prominence pattern found in a given language is intricately related to the language's underlying rhythmic organization: stress-timed rhythm in the case of English and syllable-timed rhythm in the case of Spanish.

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Proceedings of the 3rd Conference on Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition North America (GALANA 2008)
edited by Jean Crawford, Koichi Otaki, and Masahiko Takahashi
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