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    Default L1 interference on a prosodic level

    Hi,
    Just wondering if you know what problems Arabic, Russian and Korean L1 speakers would commonly have on a prosodic level?

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    Default Re: L1 interference on a prosodic level

    Stress and intonation, especially the way it can change meaning, can cause problems for Arabic learners.

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    Korean students would find that many words they were familiar with as borrowings have added phonemes, deleted sounds and additional final vowels, due in part to the syllabic nature of their writing. Example: one of my Korean students pronounced "Bach" as something like "BajA" (like Baja California but the second syllable stressed.) This happens with many words, and distorts students' perceptions of English pronunciation.
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    Default Re: L1 interference on a prosodic level

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Stress and intonation, especially the way it can change meaning, can cause problems for Arabic learners.
    I would be interested to know more about this, if you could expand a little.

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    Default Re: L1 interference on a prosodic level

    Thanks everyone for your responses. I wouldn't mind knowing about the stress and intonation with Arab speakers as well. From what I've listened to, they have a tendency to raise the tone at the end of utterances a lot and also produce syllables with equal length, equal strength and with inaccurate syllable stress.

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