ITRW on Experimental Linguistics

Athens, Greece
August 28-30, 2006

Formal Features and Intonation in Persian Speakers’ English Interlanguage Wh-Questions

Laya Heidari Darani

English Department, Azad University, Khorasgan Branch, Esfahan, Iran

The Unitarianist Interface Hypothesis proposed by Lotfi (ms.) concerns only one interface level -the Semantico-Phonetic Form- at which both performance systems can have access to various types of features of a lexical item. This paper hypothesizes the existence of an iconic relationship between formal and phonological features, and the influence of formal features on intonation in Persian speakers' English interlanguage wh-questions. The present study is based on computing t-test procedure on the data obtained from twenty-four Iranian L2 learners of English ageranged between twelve and sixteen. The comparison of the data collected from the syntax and intonation tests before and after the instruction confirms the above hypotheses.

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Bibliographic reference.  Darani, Laya Heidari (2006): "Formal features and intonation in Persian speakers² English interlanguage wh-questions", In ExLing-2006, 109-112.