Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: doi:10.22028/D291-38617
Title: L1 Influences on Bulgarian-Accented German : Prosodic Units and Prenuclear Pitch Accents
Author(s): Andreeva, Bistra
Dimitrova, Snezhina
Language: English
Title: Languages
Volume: 7
Issue: 4
Publisher/Platform: MDPI
Year of Publication: 2022
Free key words: Bulgarian
Bulgarian-accented German
prenuclear pitch accents
prosodic word
anchorage domain
DDC notations: 400 Language, linguistics
Publikation type: Journal Article
Abstract: This study investigates the L1 influence on the use of accentual patterns, choice of prenuclear pitch accent types and their realization on L2 prosody. We use Mennen’s LILt model as a framework for our analysis. We recorded ten Bulgarian female speakers of German and ten female native German speakers who read Aesop’s fable The North Wind and the Sun. We found that the tendency for the Bulgarian native speakers to use more pitch accents than German native speakers is transferred to the L2 German of the Bulgarian learners. L*+H was the most frequent prenuclear pitch accent used by all groups. We also found that the Bulgarian learners stressed more function words and tolerated more stress clashes than the native German speakers. When speaking German, under the influence of the statistical regularities that relate to prosodic word patterns in their mother tongue, Bulgarian learners phrased their L2 speech into a higher number of shorter prosodic words, and therefore realized more pitch accents and aligned the high tonal target earlier than the native speakers. Concerning the variable alignment of the high target, we propose the prosodic word or the two-syllable window as the tentative candidate for an anchorage region. Our findings can be explained with respect to age of learning, as proposed by LILt’s general theoretical assumptions.
DOI of the first publication: 10.3390/languages7040263
Link to this record: urn:nbn:de:bsz:291--ds-386177
ISSN: 2226-471X
Date of registration: 23-Dec-2022
Faculty: P - Philosophische Fakultät
Department: P - Sprachwissenschaft und Sprachtechnologie
Professorship: P - Keiner Professur zugeordnet
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