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Hand-clapping to the rhythm of newly learned words improves L2 pronunciation: evidence from Catalan and Chinese learners of French

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dc.contributor.author Prieto Vives, Pilar, 1965-
dc.contributor.author Baills, Florence
dc.contributor.author Zhang, Yuan
dc.date.accessioned 2018-07-11T08:07:43Z
dc.date.available 2018-07-11T08:07:43Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.citation Baills F, Zhang Y, Prieto P. Hand-clapping to the rhythm of newly learned words improves L2 pronunciation: Evidence from Catalan and Chinese learners of French. In: Klessa K, Bachan J, Wagner A, Karpiński M, Śledziński D. Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Speech Prosody; 2018 June 13-16; Poznań, Poland. [Lous Tourils]: ISCA; 2018. p. 853-7. DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-172
dc.identifier.issn 2333-2042
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/35129
dc.description.abstract Previous research has shown that rhythmic training enhances phonological speech processing (e.g., [1, 2, 3, 4]). Yet little is known about whether rhythmic training can also help to improve pronunciation in a second language (but see [5, 6, 7]). This study tests the potential benefits of hand-clapping to the rhythm of newly learned French words for the acquisition of pronunciation patterns by Catalan children and Chinese adolescents. In two between-subjects experiments with a pretest and posttest design, participants either repeated words while clapping the rhythmic structure of words or only repeated the words. The French target words were very similar to their lexical counterparts in Catalan, whereas they differed completely from Chinese. Participants’ oral production before and after training was rated for accentedness by three French native speakers. Results showed a significant improvement for the clapping group among the Catalan participants, whereas only a near significant tendency appeared for the Chinese adolescents. Individual musical abilities did not interact significantly with the results in either experiments but working memory played a significant role in Chinese participants’ pronunciation. The results show that a short phonological training session based on highlighting the rhythmic structure of words seems to help improve pronunciation in a foreign language as long as there is little demand placed on semantic processing.
dc.description.sponsorship This research was supported by funding from the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (FFI2015-66533-P) and the Generalitat de Catalunya (2014 SGR-925). The first author acknowledges a grant awarded by the Dept. of Translation and Language Sciences at UPF.
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher International Speech Communication Association (ISCA)
dc.relation.ispartof Klessa K, Bachan J, Wagner A, Karpiński M, Śledziński D. Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Speech Prosody; 2018 June 13-16; Poznań, Poland. [Lous Tourils]: ISCA; 2018. p. 853-7. DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-172
dc.rights © 2018 ISCA.
dc.title Hand-clapping to the rhythm of newly learned words improves L2 pronunciation: evidence from Catalan and Chinese learners of French
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/conferenceObject
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-172
dc.subject.keyword Prosodic acquisition
dc.subject.keyword Pronunciation learning
dc.subject.keyword Rhythmic training
dc.relation.projectID info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/ES/1PE/FFI2015-66533-P
dc.rights.accessRights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.type.version info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion


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