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Perception of speech rhythm in second language: the case of rhythmically similar L1 and L2.

Ordin M, Polyanskaya L - Front Psychol (2015)

Bottom Line: It was found that speech rhythm in L2 English produced by German learners becomes increasingly stress-timed as acquisition progresses.Advanced learners also deliver speech at a faster rate.However, when native speakers have to classify the timing patterns characteristic of L2 English of German learners at different proficiency levels, they attend to speech rate cues and ignore the differences in speech rhythm.

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Affiliation: Fakultät für Linguistik und Literaturwissenschaft, Universität Bielefeld Bielefeld, Germany.

ABSTRACT
We investigated the perception of developmental changes in timing patterns that happen in the course of second language (L2) acquisition, provided that the native and the target languages of the learner are rhythmically similar (German and English). It was found that speech rhythm in L2 English produced by German learners becomes increasingly stress-timed as acquisition progresses. This development is captured by the tempo-normalized rhythm measures of durational variability. Advanced learners also deliver speech at a faster rate. However, when native speakers have to classify the timing patterns characteristic of L2 English of German learners at different proficiency levels, they attend to speech rate cues and ignore the differences in speech rhythm.

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Mentions: The MANOVA was followed up with the discriminant analysis. We used only those metrics that were found to differ significantly between proficiency levels in our previous tests. The analysis revealed two discriminant functions. The first function explained 96.9% of variance, canonical R2 = 0.14, and the second explained only 3.1% of variance, R2 = 0.005. In combination these functions significantly differentiated the proficiency levels, Λ = 0.856, χ 2(12) = 220.318, p < 0.005. The second function alone did not significantly differentiate between the proficiency levels, Λ = 0.995, χ 2(5) = 7.232, p = 0.204. This can also be seen on the discriminant function plot (Figure 4). Classification results (Table 5) show that the model classifies correctly 57% of cases (chance is 33%).


Perception of speech rhythm in second language: the case of rhythmically similar L1 and L2.

Ordin M, Polyanskaya L - Front Psychol (2015)

Discriminant function plot.
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Figure 4: Discriminant function plot.
Mentions: The MANOVA was followed up with the discriminant analysis. We used only those metrics that were found to differ significantly between proficiency levels in our previous tests. The analysis revealed two discriminant functions. The first function explained 96.9% of variance, canonical R2 = 0.14, and the second explained only 3.1% of variance, R2 = 0.005. In combination these functions significantly differentiated the proficiency levels, Λ = 0.856, χ 2(12) = 220.318, p < 0.005. The second function alone did not significantly differentiate between the proficiency levels, Λ = 0.995, χ 2(5) = 7.232, p = 0.204. This can also be seen on the discriminant function plot (Figure 4). Classification results (Table 5) show that the model classifies correctly 57% of cases (chance is 33%).

Bottom Line: It was found that speech rhythm in L2 English produced by German learners becomes increasingly stress-timed as acquisition progresses.Advanced learners also deliver speech at a faster rate.However, when native speakers have to classify the timing patterns characteristic of L2 English of German learners at different proficiency levels, they attend to speech rate cues and ignore the differences in speech rhythm.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Fakultät für Linguistik und Literaturwissenschaft, Universität Bielefeld Bielefeld, Germany.

ABSTRACT
We investigated the perception of developmental changes in timing patterns that happen in the course of second language (L2) acquisition, provided that the native and the target languages of the learner are rhythmically similar (German and English). It was found that speech rhythm in L2 English produced by German learners becomes increasingly stress-timed as acquisition progresses. This development is captured by the tempo-normalized rhythm measures of durational variability. Advanced learners also deliver speech at a faster rate. However, when native speakers have to classify the timing patterns characteristic of L2 English of German learners at different proficiency levels, they attend to speech rate cues and ignore the differences in speech rhythm.

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