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Maczuga, Paulina; O'Brien, Mary Grantham; Knaus, Johannes – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2017
Lexical stress assignment plays a central role in being understood in a second language. In fact, research has shown that it may be more important for the comprehensibility of second language learners' speech than, for example, grammatical correctness (Trofimovich & Isaacs, 2012). Nonetheless, its production poses challenges for second…
Descriptors: German, Second Language Learning, Lexicology, Native Speakers
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Jackson, Carrie N.; O'Brien, Mary Grantham – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2011
Research has shown that English and German native speakers use prosodic cues during speech production to convey the intended meaning of an utterance. However, little is known about whether American L2 learners of German also use such cues during L2 production. The present study shows that inter-mediate-level L2 learners of German (English L1) use…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Sentences, Cues, Speech
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O'Brien, Mary Grantham – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2004
This article presents the results of a longitudinal study investigating the pronunciation of American students learning German, focusing on the importance of stress, rhythm, and intonation for a native-like accent in German. The present study investigated German pronunciation for two groups of American students from the Midwest. Students in one…
Descriptors: Intonation, German, Native Speakers, Study Abroad