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Suprasegmental measures of accentedness

Chapter


Abstract


  • Hansen (2006: 31) states that "there is a scarcity of research on social constraints

    on the development of an L2 phonology even though most researchers acknowledge

    the importance of social context in language learning." We argue that this

    is particularly the case with regard to the suprasegmental measures of speech.

    Despite increased interest in the role of prosody in everyday interaction and

    recognition of its importance in establishing cooperative and successful communication,

    work in prosodic variation in L2 speech in relation to social factors

    continues to trail behind other aspects of phonological development research.

    This chapter begins with an examination of some of the historical reasons for this

    research gap. The next sections involve a close look at the current view of accentedness

    in relation to comprehensibility before describing in detail the suprasegmental

    measures that have contributed to perceptions of L2 accentedness. We

    then focus on the role of social factors with regard to L2 production of suprasegmentals

    specifically. In the final section, we consider future directions for this

    area of research and teaching in the field of L2 pronunciation.

UOW Authors


Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • Pickering, L. & Baker, A. (2014). Suprasegmental measures of accentedness. In J. Levis & A. Moyer (Eds.), Social Dynamics in Second Language Accent (pp. 75-94). Boston, United States: Walter de Gruyter Inc.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/1295

Book Title


  • Social Dynamics in Second Language Accent

Start Page


  • 75

End Page


  • 94

Abstract


  • Hansen (2006: 31) states that "there is a scarcity of research on social constraints

    on the development of an L2 phonology even though most researchers acknowledge

    the importance of social context in language learning." We argue that this

    is particularly the case with regard to the suprasegmental measures of speech.

    Despite increased interest in the role of prosody in everyday interaction and

    recognition of its importance in establishing cooperative and successful communication,

    work in prosodic variation in L2 speech in relation to social factors

    continues to trail behind other aspects of phonological development research.

    This chapter begins with an examination of some of the historical reasons for this

    research gap. The next sections involve a close look at the current view of accentedness

    in relation to comprehensibility before describing in detail the suprasegmental

    measures that have contributed to perceptions of L2 accentedness. We

    then focus on the role of social factors with regard to L2 production of suprasegmentals

    specifically. In the final section, we consider future directions for this

    area of research and teaching in the field of L2 pronunciation.

UOW Authors


Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • Pickering, L. & Baker, A. (2014). Suprasegmental measures of accentedness. In J. Levis & A. Moyer (Eds.), Social Dynamics in Second Language Accent (pp. 75-94). Boston, United States: Walter de Gruyter Inc.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/1295

Book Title


  • Social Dynamics in Second Language Accent

Start Page


  • 75

End Page


  • 94