Based on the results of two stress production tests given to Japanese university students, this paper, working in the Optimality Theoretic approach, clarifies English word stress computation strategies used by Japanese learners of English. This study finds that Japanese learners compute English stress by adjusting their native accentuation system to the English complex codas of the final syllables. Minimal reranking of WSP and NonFinality, going one by one along the final syllable stressability, is proposed to describe the diverse pattern of their stress acquisition.
Proceedings of the 6th Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition Conference (GASLA 2002): L2 Links
edited by Juana M. Liceras, Helmut Zobl, and Helen Goodluck
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