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L1 Prosodic transfer and priming effects: A quantitative study on semi-spontaneous dialogues


Turco,  Giuseppina
Language Acquisition Department, MPI for Psycholinguistics, Max Planck Society;

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Turco, G., & Gubian, M. (2012). L1 Prosodic transfer and priming effects: A quantitative study on semi-spontaneous dialogues. In Q. Ma, H. Ding, & D. Hirst (Eds.), Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Speech Prosody (pp. 386-389). International Speech Communication Association (ISCA).

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-000F-46F4-1
This paper represents a pilot investigation of primed accentuation patterns produced by advanced Dutch speakers of Italian as a second language (L2). Contrastive accent patterns within prepositional phrases were elicited in a semispontaneous dialogue entertained with a confederate native speaker of Italian. The aim of the analysis was to compare learner’s contrastive accentual configurations induced by the confederate speaker’s prime against those produced by Italian and Dutch natives in the same testing conditions. F0 and speech rate data were analysed by applying powerful datadriven techniques available in the Functional Data Analysis statistical framework. Results reveal different accentual configurations in L1 and L2 Italian in response to the confederate’s prime. We conclude that learner’s accentual patterns mirror those ones produced by their L1 control group (prosodic-transfer hypothesis) although the hypothesis of a transient priming effect on learners’ choice of contrastive patterns cannot be completely ruled out.