Proceedings of the 2022 6th International Seminar on Education, Management and Social Sciences (ISEMSS 2022)

The Effects of L2 Proficiency on Acquisition of English Lexical Stress by Chinese Learners—An Acoustic Study Based on L1 Interference Theory

Authors
Yue Liu1, *
1College of Foreign Languages and Cultures, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing, 210023, Jiangsu, China
*Corresponding author. Email: liulynnu@163.com
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Yue Liu
Available Online 29 December 2022.
DOI
https://doi.org/10.2991/978-2-494069-31-2_409How to use a DOI?
Keywords
English lexical stress; L1 interference; Vowel; Phonology system
Abstract

English is an international language throughout the world and is widely learned as a foreign language by Chinese students. Compared with other skills, Chinese learners are less good at speaking, due to the first language (L1) interference in phonology. Lexical stress is a crucial constituent which determines the comprehension of speech. However, non-native speakers are less sensitive to the changes in English lexical and always produce inaccurate pronunciation. This paper studies the acquisition of English lexical stress by Chinese learners. A comparative experiment between two groups of learners with different proficiency and an acoustic analysis of the records support the research. The results indicate that the second language (L2) proficiency is a positive factor for the acquisition of lexical stress. But the L1 interference will not disappear, which is mainly manifested through a longer duration and a higher pitch, due to the different vowel systems in the two languages. The results also show that more practicing work should be combined with theory teaching to enhance both perception and production of English lexical stress by Chinese learners.

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Volume Title
Proceedings of the 2022 6th International Seminar on Education, Management and Social Sciences (ISEMSS 2022)
Series
Advances in Social Science, Education and Humanities Research
Publication Date
29 December 2022
ISBN
10.2991/978-2-494069-31-2_409
ISSN
2352-5398
DOI
https://doi.org/10.2991/978-2-494069-31-2_409How to use a DOI?
Copyright
© 2022 The Author(s)
Open Access
Open Access This chapter is licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/), which permits any noncommercial use, sharing, adaptation, distribution and reproduction in any medium or format, as long as you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license and indicate if changes were made.

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