The 4th International Symposium on Tonal Aspects of Languages
Nijmegen, The Netherlands
This study addresses the question of whether L1-speakers of Vietnamese a tone language and L1-speakers of Somali a language with tonal accents differ in degree of accuracy when producing words that carry either of the two tonal accents in L2-Swedish. Some previous studies suggest that it is an advantage when discriminating between different tones in another tone language, if a speakers L1 is also a tone language; while others show that this may not necessarily be the case. Accuracy was studied with the help of identification tests, and the results for the L2-speakers were matched with the results for L1-speakers. It is revealed that no adequate distinction is made between the tone accents by either of the two groups of L2-speakers. The two tonal patterns are equally often obscured by L1-speakers of Somali, whereas speakers of L1-Vietamese produced patterns that were more frequently identified as one of the Swedish word accents, but not the other one.
Index Terms: tone accent production in L2, tone accent identification, L1-Vietnamese, L1-Somali, tonal perception, foreign accent, L2-Swedish
Bibliographic reference. Tronnier, Mechtild / Zetterholm, Elisabeth (2014): "Swedish word accent production by L2-speakers with different tonal L1S", In TAL-2014, 59-62.