Assessing knowledge of English intonation patterns by L2 speakers
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摘要English intonation can be difficult for L2 speakers to learn, particularly for those whose L1 intonation system works differently from English. This study investigates whether Hong Kong English (HKE) speakers whose L1 is Cantonese have knowledge of the appropriate English intonation patterns in specific contexts. Results from an intonation pattern selection tasks indicate that HKE speakers (n = 40) performed worse than British English speakers (n = 25) in general. For some sentence types, selection patterns of HKE speakers and native English speakers were quite similar, while HKE speakers had particular difficulty with tag questions. The lack of equivalent structures in L1 may explain their difficulties. Interestingly, native English speakers also showed much variation in their intonation selection for some sentence types. The results suggest that HKE speakers have partial knowledge of English intonation patterns. The lack of sufficient knowledge, in addition to L1 influence, can explain the differences between native and L2 English intonation choices.
著者Mok P., Yin Y., Setter J., Nayan N.M.
會議名稱8th Speech Prosody 2016
會議開始日31.05.2016
會議完結日03.06.2016
會議地點Boston
會議國家/地區美國
出版年份2016
月份1
日期1
卷號2016-January
頁次543 - 547
國際標準期刊號2333-2042
語言英式英語
關鍵詞Cantonese, English, Intonation, L2 acquisition

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