14th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-14)
San Francisco, CA, USA
This paper presents a pronunciation training method specifically
addressed to Italian learners of German. This method is centred
on prosody, treated within a contrastive German-Italian
framework. Correct prosodic perception is attained by correct
identification of L2-suprasegmentals, achieved by monitoring
L1-suprasegmentals. This effect percolates through to other
levels resulting in correct German prosody and segmentals.
Once learners acquire a rudimental prosodic competence, many
phonological interferences disappear, suggesting that
accentuation and intonation have a controlling function over
syllables and segments.
Empirical data illustrate the positive effects of a prosodycentred training on L2-German pronunciation. Results obtained with a pre- and post-test-designed analysis comparing segmentcentred with prosody-centred pronunciation training are investigated in view both of specific prosodic and segmental aspects and of motivational implications. Statistically significant different improvement rates in the two procedures give evidence of the priority of prosody in pronunciation training and thus in teaching practice in SLA and in L2 phonetic acquisition
Bibliographic reference. Missaglia, Federica (1999): "Contrastive prosody in SLA an empirical study with adult Italian learners of German", In ICPhS-14, 551-554.