A body of L1 research has shown prosody to be an important factor in processing. In L2 processing, however, the role of prosody has been largely overlooked. This paper examines the effects of prosody on disambiguation by English-French learners at three proficiency levels. Experiments examined three types of ambiguities: word boundaries, PP attachment and RC attachment. Results show that even early learners are sensitive to prosody in making final interpretations and they also indicate that such factors as ambiguity type and proficiency level can affect the extent to which learners are successful in using prosodic information.
Proceedings of the 9th Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition Conference (GASLA 2007)
edited by Roumyana Slabakova, Jason Rothman, Paula Kempchinsky, and Elena Gavruseva Table of contents
ISBN 978-1-57473-422-5 library binding
v + 284 pages
publication date: 2008
published by Cascadilla Proceedings Project, Somerville, MA, USA