5th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Rhodes, Greece
September 22-25, 1997

The Phonology and Phonetics of Second Language Intonation: The Case of "Japanese English"

Motoko Ueyama

Department of Applied Linguistics & Phonetics Laboratory at the Department of Linguistics, UCLA Los Angeles, CA, USA

A production experiment was conducted in order to examine the acquisition of English intonation by native speakers of Japanese, and the results were analyzed within the framework developed by Pierrehumb../pdf/Th3b [3] and her colleagues. The results suggest that second language intonation is acquired on two different levels: learners first acquire the categorical patterns of the foreign intonation, and only later learn to produce native-like continuous intonational streams. This supports models in which the speech cognitive system is split into two sub-modules: a phonological component (characterized by categorical units) and a phonetic component (implementing the phonological units as a continuous articulatory/acoustic stream).

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Bibliographic reference.  Ueyama, Motoko (1997): "The phonology and phonetics of second language intonation: the case of "Japanese English"", In EUROSPEECH-1997, 2411-2414.