Speech Prosody 2006

Dresden, Germany
May 2-5, 2006

Unstressed Vowels in Non-Native German

Ulrike Gut

English Department, University of Freiburg, Germany

Vowel reduction and deletion are prominent correlates of stress in German and some preliminary investigations have suggested that this constitutes an area of difficulty for non-native speakers. This paper explores the production of vowels in unstressed syllables by learners of German, focusing especially on the acoustic properties duration and formant structure. It is shown that the realization of unstressed vowels in non-native German is influenced by the speakersí native language (L1), but not by speaking style.

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Bibliographic reference.  Gut, Ulrike (2006): "Unstressed vowels in non-native German", In SP-2006, paper 013.