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ERIC Number: ED139272
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 25
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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)
Interlanguage Studies Bulletin, University of Utrecht, Oudenoord 6, Utrecht, Netherlands
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Utrecht State Univ., (Netherlands).