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LINGUIST List 16.2936

Tue Oct 11 2005

Qs: Transfer of Vowel Harmony; Portuguese Intonation

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        1.    Roy Becker, Transfer of Vowel Harmony to L2
        2.    Oreste Floquet, Brazilian Portuguese Intonation


Message 1: Transfer of Vowel Harmony to L2
Date: 10-Oct-2005
From: Roy Becker <roybeckerhotmail.com>
Subject: Transfer of Vowel Harmony to L2


Hello all,

I would be grateful to receive knowledgeable information and/or reference
to publications concerning the following topic:

For many L2 learners, at least at the early stages of learning, there is
full transfer of the phonological system (among other systems), that is,
they use the phonology of L1 when speaking L2.

It is therefore predicted that, if L1 has vowel harmony, vowel harmony
would be transfered to L2. For example, it may be predicted that, for some
early stage English learners with Turkic background, the words ''betting'',
''cutting'' and ''putting'' would be pronounced [bEtiNg], [kAt1Ng],
[putuNg] (instead of [bEtIN], [kVt1N], [pUtIN]).

Such a phenomenon might be even more robust if the vowel undergoing harmony
is 'target-less' in L2, e.g. the optional vocalic element in the English
suffixes -er, -al, -en.

I would like to know if such processes are indeed robust in L2. Information
about limited regressive vowel harmony (umlaut) in L2 is also welcome. I am
mostly interested in widely spoken languages (e.g. national languages of
countries with established systems of EFL teaching).

I shall post a summary of the informative replies.
Thanks in advance,
Roy Becker.

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
                            Language Acquisition
                            Phonetics
                            Phonology

Message 2: Brazilian Portuguese Intonation
Date: 06-Oct-2005
From: Oreste Floquet <orestefloquethotmail.com>
Subject: Brazilian Portuguese Intonation


Dear all,

I’m doing a Ph.D in Lusophone Languages and I would like to investigate the
intonation/pragmatics interface in Brazilian Portuguese. I’ve just started
collecting the reference materials on Brazilian Portuguese intonation:
could anyone give me some hints?

Once I've collected enough material, I will send a summary to the List.

Thank you very in advance

Oreste Floquet

Linguistic Field(s): Phonology
                            Pragmatics

Subject Language(s): Portuguese (por)



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