ERIC Number: ED214401
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Mar-2
Reference Count: 0
Managing Questions: Data from Second Language Learners of Swedish.
This research deals with a series of preliminary studies of the management of questions by second language learners of Swedish. Question management here refers to the ability to produce an utterance which successfully elicits a response from an interlocutor, and the ability to determine correctly when a response is required. The three exploratory studies involve a listening test, a production task, and input studies. The listening test compared native and non-native listeners' ability to detect questions in Swedish. The study concentrated on the perception of rising intonation as a question marker. The second phase addressed the question of learners' reliance on intonation as a marker in the production of questions, as well as the way this compares with native performance. The input studies concerned observation of the speech of a native speaker of Swedish teaching Swedish as a second language. Her speech behavior in class was compared with her speech in conversation with another native speaker. Results indicate that transfer from English to Swedish and input influences account for some of the data, but not all of it. Therefore, it might be useful to consider the differences between native and non-native speech as a function of the differences in purpose of the native and the learner. (AMH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Los Angeles Second Language Research Forum (Los Angeles, CA, March 2, 1980).