Non-Native Differences in Prosodic-Construction Use

Nigel G. Ward, Paola Gallardo


Many language learners never acquire truly native-sounding prosody. Previous work has suggested that this involves skill deficits in the dialog-related uses of prosody, and may be attributable to weaknesses with specific prosodic constructions. Using semi-automated methods, we identified 32 of the most common prosodic constructions in English dialog. Examining 90 minutes of six advanced native-Spanish learners conversing in English, there were differences, notably regarding swift turn-taking, alignment, and
empathy, but overall their uses of prosodic constructions were largely
similar to those of native speakers.

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