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Second Language Acquisition of English Focus Prosody: Evidence from Spanish Native Speakers
Jeffrey Klassen
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This paper examines the interpretation of English prosody by Spanish native speakers. A naturalness-rating task was carried out by an L2 group and an L1 control group on sentences with focus prosody that was either suitable or unsuitable to the preceding discourse. Participants listened to the sentences and rated them on a 7-point scale. The L2ers were capable of distinguishing sentences with suitable and unsuitable focus prosody although performance on the task correlated with proficiency scores. The results are discussed with respect to their implications for the Interface Hypothesis, a theory within the domain of generative language acquisition.

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Proceedings of the 12th Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition Conference (GASLA 2013)
edited by Jennifer Cabrelli Amaro, Tiffany Judy, and Diego Pascual y Cabo
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