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Swedish exotic vowels in L2 pronunciation
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Language Education.ORCID iD: 0000.-0002-7688-4696
2017 (English)In: Proceedings of the 8th annual pronunciation in second language learning and teaching conference (ISSN: 2380-9566) / [ed] Mary O'Brien, John Levis, Calgary: University of Calgary, 2017, p. 222-227Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Learning a new language as an adult is often a hard task, particularly the pronunciation of new speech sounds. Earlier research has shown (e.g., Bannert, 1990; Zetterholm & Tronnier, 2017) that second language learners of Swedish have difficulties learning to pronounce some Swedish vowels, especially the front rounded vowels, and distinguishing them from each other and from unrounded vowels. For intelligible speech, it is of importance that there is an audible distinction in the pronunciation of the different rounded vowels. Otherwise a native listener might misunderstand the speaker referring to the number of minimal pairs with the vowel as the distinctive feature. In comparison with languages around the world, the Swedish vowel inventory is relatively large (Ladefoged, 2005), and some are exotic from a worldwide perspective. These vowels are one of the most difficult pronunciation features of Swedish pronunciation for second language learners to master. The aim of this paper is to provide information about the vowels of Swedish with a focus on rounded vowels that are challenging for L2 learners of Swedish and to present some techniques to facilitate the accurate pronunciation of the exotic vowels.

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Calgary: University of Calgary, 2017. p. 222-227
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Languages and Literature Didactics
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Language Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-155545OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-155545DiVA, id: diva2:1200710
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8th Annual Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching Conference, Calgary, UK, August 12–13, 2016
Available from: 2018-04-24 Created: 2018-04-24 Last updated: 2018-04-25Bibliographically approved

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