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ERIC Number: ED139272
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: N/A
Interlanguage and Foreign Accent.
Jenner, Bryan R. A.
Interlanguage Studies Bulletin, Sep 1976
Error analysis has consistently neglected to give any treatment of the phonological aspects of non-native linguistic performance. Using Selinker's Interlanguage model as a starting-point, an attempt is made here to develop a descriptive apparatus capable of accounting for the phenomena of "foreign accents." The data of one such non-native variety of English ("Dutch-English") are re-examined with particular reference to prosodic and paralinguistic features. Rhythm, intonation and voice quality are taken to be the primary defining constituents of foreign accents and a preliminary analysis of these systems is offered within an interlingual frame of reference, drawing on the theoretical work of Crystal, Halliday, Laver and others. For each system, a notion of language-specific norms is developed, interlingual behavior resulting either from simple differences between them or from variant perception of the target-language norms by the foreign learner. Concrete examples of interlingual (or 'erroneous') behavior within each of the three systems, drawn from the performance of Dutch teacher-trainees, are then discussed and related to the overall descriptive framework. (Author)
Descriptors: Dutch, English (Second Language), Error Analysis (Language), Interference (Language), Interlanguage, Intonation, Language Instruction, Language Variation, Phonology, Pronunciation, Second Language Learning
Interlanguage Studies Bulletin, University of Utrecht, Oudenoord 6, Utrecht, Netherlands
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Utrecht State Univ., (Netherlands).