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Query Details

Query Subject:   SLA/FLA of English Suprasegmentals (intonation)
Author:   Tanja Angelovska
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Applied Linguistics
Language Acquisition

Query:   Dear all,

I was wondering if anyone of you can share any ideas about the topic:
literature and sharing contacts of colleagues working on second/foreign
language acquisition of suprasegmentals, in particular intonation. I am
writing my PhD thesis at the University of Munich and my main research
question is how can the different proficiency of near-native accent of
adult second language learners be explained with focus on intonation.

As far as I am informed, the area of segmentals has been far more
researched than the one about acquiring (in the case of immigrants) or
learning (in the case of foreign language learners) of the suprasegmentals.

I would be extremely happy if you inform me about some person(s) who
has/have the same research interests (or if you are one of them) so that we
can exchange ideas (or maybe I can find an additional supervisor from abroad).

Also, I was wondering about what kind of software you use in order to
transcribe intonation. I have heard about PRAAT and looked at their home
page. After installing the program, it seems to me too complicated, so I am
not quite sure about which parameters exactly are used for transcribing and
analyzing intonation.

I would be grateful for any input or information that can help me.

Thank you in advance

Kind regards
Tanja Angelovska M.A.
LL Issue: 18.400
Date posted: 05-Feb-2007


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