Speech Prosody 2012

Shanghai, China
May 22-25, 2012

YN questions in L2 Italian of Dutch speaking learners

Claudia Crocco, Jens Baele

Department of Linguistics, Ghent University, Belgium

In this paper we analyze the position of the elbow point L in a corpus of YN questions produced by Dutch speaking learners of Italian with five different competence levels in L2. The analysis shows that latency values increase in the groups with higher competence level in L2, confirming the preliminary results obtained in previous work on dialogical speech. The analysis also shows a strong inter-speaker variability, which has been tentatively attributed to the input received by the students in their learning context.

Index Terms: intonation, YN questions, L2, Belgian Dutch, Flemish, Italian, elbow.

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Bibliographic reference.  Crocco, Claudia / Baele, Jens (2012): "YN questions in L2 Italian of Dutch speaking learners", In SP-2012, 382-385.