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ERIC Number: EJ899238
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Apr
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0142-7164
Learning Prosody and Fluency Characteristics of Second Language Speech: The Effect of Experience on Child Learners' Acquisition of Five Suprasegmentals
Trofimovich, Pavel; Baker, Wendy
Applied Psycholinguistics, v28 n2 p251-276 Apr 2007
This study examined second language (L2) experience effects on children's acquisition of fluency-(speech rate, frequency, and duration of pausing) and prosody-based (stress timing, peak alignment) suprasegmentals. Twenty Korean children (age of arrival in the United States = 7-11 years, length of US residence = 1 vs. 11 years) and 20 age-matched English monolinguals produced six English sentences in a sentence repetition task. Acoustic analyses and listener judgments were used to determine how accurately the suprasegmentals were produced and to what extent they contributed to foreign accent. Results indicated that the children with 11 years of US residence, unlike those with 1 year of US residence, produced all but one (speech rate) suprasegmentals natively. Overall, findings revealed similarities between L2 segmental and suprasegmental learning.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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