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Does prosodic similarity matter in L2 production? The case of Korean learners of French

By Bénédicte Grandon and Hiyon Yoo

Abstract

International audienceFrench and Korean share similar prosodic characteristics as far as rhythm and intonation are concerned. In order to determine how this prosodic similarity affects the second language production, we propose in this paper to examine these prosodic parameters in read productions by Korean learners of French as a second language compared to French native speakers. We show that the productions of Korean learners and French native speakers present minor differences: concerning rhythm, Korean learners are less systematic in lengthening the last vowel at a phrase-final position while the overall pitch contour is similar for both groups of speakers, especially for the subject and object phrases. We argue that these minor differences are not sufficient enough for the detection of a “foreign accent” only with prosodic cues

Topics: rhythm, intonation, prosody, Second Language, Speech production, Korean, French, [SHS.LANGUE] Humanities and Social Sciences/Linguistics
Publisher: HAL CCSD
Year: 2014
OAI identifier: oai:HAL:hal-01080022v1
Provided by: Hal-Diderot

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