This study investigates the internal organisation of L2 (Second Language) learner intonation in naturalistic data and how it develops longitudinally. Each learner variety will be analysed along four dimensions of intonation: its inventory of structural elements (pitch accents and boundary tones); the way these elements are realised; their distribution; and their use to signal intonational function (eg focus marking).

A subset of the European Sciences Foundation (ESF) L2 Database will be used, which has recordings of various verbal tasks performed by untutored (not in classroom setting) L2 learners with different combinations of source languages (SL) and target languages (TL) over a period of 30 months after the recent arrival of the learners in their new language environment. The dataset consists of (i) groups of learners with the same SL (eg Italian) acquiring a different TL (English versus German), and (ii) groups with different SLs (eg Punjabi versus Italian) acquiring the same TL (English). This design enables us to determine whether there are universal patterns in acquiring the intonational system of a L2 - independent of SL and/or TL influences. Furthermore, it will enable us to assess whether learner varieties develop over time and whether they do so in similar ways across the different language pairings.



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Intonation in neurogenic foreign accent syndrome

Author: Anja Kuschmann Date: 02 January 2012 Journal article

How do I sound? : about the study of the intonation system of bilingual speakers

Speaker: Ineke Mennen Date: 03 October 2011 Conference paper/presentation

The highs and lows of L2 intonation

Speaker: Ineke Mennen Date: 03 October 2011 Conference paper/presentation

The intonational system of L2 learners and its development over time

Speaker: Ineke Mennen Date: 29 September 2011 Conference paper/presentation

Pronunciation talent and the development of proficiency in intonation

Speaker: Ineke Mennen Date: 29 September 2011 Conference paper/presentation

A “basic variety” in intonation? : similarities between acquisition and breakdown of intonation in bilingual and aphasic speakers

Author: Anja Kuschmann Date: 29 September 2011 Seminar/workshop

Acoustic cues to givenness in foreign accent syndrome

Speaker: Anja Kuschmann Date: 29 September 2011 Conference paper/presentation

Applying the autosegmental-metrical (AM) approach to disordered speech : the case of foreign accent syndrome (FAS)

Speaker: Anja Kuschmann Date: 29 September 2011 Conference paper/presentation

The dimensions of intonation in foreign accent syndrome

Speaker: Anja Kuschmann Date: 29 September 2011 Conference paper/presentation

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Assessing the underlying nature of intonation disturbance in foreign accent syndrome

Speaker: Anja Kuschmann Date: 29 September 2011 Conference paper/presentation

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Colloquium : characterising pronunciation talent in L2

Organiser: Ineke Mennen Date: 29 September 2011 Organised event

Phonetic and phonological dimensions of second language acquisition

Organiser: Ineke Mennen Date: 29 September 2011 Organised event

Evidence for language (in)dependent phonetic representation in the bilingual mind : a case of acquired apraxia of speech

Speaker: Amaia Munarriz Date: 29 September 2011 Presentation/lecture

Question intonation in untutored L2 English learners : a cross-linguistic and longitudinal study

Speaker: Ineke Mennen Date: 29 September 2011 Presentation/lecture

Second language intonation : theory, practice, and the way forward

Speaker: Ineke Mennen Date: 29 September 2011 Presentation/lecture

How pronunciation can reveal your language background

Speaker: Ineke Mennen Date: 29 September 2011 Presentation/lecture

Theoretical and practical issues in intonation research

Speaker: Ineke Mennen Date: 29 September 2011 Presentation/lecture

Apo pou eisai : how pronunciation can reveal your language background

Speaker: Ineke Mennen Date: 29 September 2011 Presentation/lecture

Where are you from? : how pronunciation can reveal your language background

Speaker: Ineke Mennen Date: 29 September 2011 Presentation/lecture

Prosody in L2 speech learning

Speaker: Ineke Mennen Date: 29 September 2011 Presentation/lecture

Pitching it differently : prosody in second language speech learning

Speaker: Ineke Mennen Date: 29 September 2011 Presentation/lecture

Segments and intonation in L2 speech

Speaker: Christiane Ulbrich Date: 08 September 2011 Conference paper/presentation

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A 'basic variety’ in learner intonation and its development over time

Author: Ineke Mennen Date: 08 September 2011 Conference paper/presentation

Speech production in simultaneous and sequential bilinguals

Author: Ineke Mennen Date: 11 May 2011 Book chapter

Speech production in simultaneous and sequential bilinguals

Author: Ineke Mennen Date: 11 May 2011 Book chapter

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Start date
03 August 2008
End date
02 June 2010
Grant holder
Professor Ineke Mennen
Grant amount
£77,576.97
Grant reference
RES-000-22-2419
Discipline
Linguistics (General)
Linguistics
Grant type