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Cross-language implementation of pitch range and its consequences for L2 speech learning: the case of English and German

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A key issue in the study of speech prosody is to understand the dimensions along which languages differ and the factors which are responsible for such differentiation. This paper will deal with one aspect of cross-language differentiation, pitch range, which has largely escaped detailed attention to date. It will present findings of a systematic comparison of a number of measures of pitch range in speakers of English and German, as well as a perceptual study to examine which measures correlate most with listener judgements of language membership. In this paper I will also discuss preliminary findings on the implementation of such cross-language differences by second language learners and its consequences for perceptions of foreign accent.

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