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Music and l2 prosody: the role of music aptitude on the discrimination of stress contrasts in l2


Schwab, Sandra; Dellwo, Volker (2019). Music and l2 prosody: the role of music aptitude on the discrimination of stress contrasts in l2. In: 19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Melbourne, Australia, 5 August 2019 - 9 August 2019, Australasian Speech Science and Technology Association Inc.

Abstract

In this study, we investigated the effect of music aptitude on French and German listeners' performance at discriminating stress contrasts in Spanish L2, before and after a 4-hour perceptual training in Spanish. For the French listeners, results showed that the better the music aptitude the better the stress discrimination performance (before and after training). Regarding German listeners, music aptitude did not show any effect on the discrimination of stress contrasts in Spanish L2.
The link between music and L2 stress discrimination in French listeners (and its absence in German listeners) suggests that French and German listeners do not process stress information in the same way. It might be that, since French listeners, contrary to German listeners, are not used to stress encoding mechanism in their native language, they interpret information related to L2 prosody (such as lexical stress) in a more "musical way".

Abstract

In this study, we investigated the effect of music aptitude on French and German listeners' performance at discriminating stress contrasts in Spanish L2, before and after a 4-hour perceptual training in Spanish. For the French listeners, results showed that the better the music aptitude the better the stress discrimination performance (before and after training). Regarding German listeners, music aptitude did not show any effect on the discrimination of stress contrasts in Spanish L2.
The link between music and L2 stress discrimination in French listeners (and its absence in German listeners) suggests that French and German listeners do not process stress information in the same way. It might be that, since French listeners, contrary to German listeners, are not used to stress encoding mechanism in their native language, they interpret information related to L2 prosody (such as lexical stress) in a more "musical way".

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Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper), refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Computational Linguistics
06 Faculty of Arts > Zurich Center for Linguistics
08 Research Priority Programs > Language and Space
Dewey Decimal Classification:400 Language
410 Linguistics
Language:English
Event End Date:9 August 2019
Deposited On:05 Dec 2019 09:54
Last Modified:27 May 2022 13:43
Publisher:Australasian Speech Science and Technology Association Inc
OA Status:Green
Free access at:Official URL. An embargo period may apply.
Official URL:https://assta.org/proceedings/ICPhS2019/papers/ICPhS_1976.pdf
Related URLs:https://assta.org/proceedings/ICPhS2019/
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