English Compound Words and L2 Planning

Posted on April 15, 2016 by

On Tuesday 26th April at 4.15pm, current postdoc Hilary Wynne will be talking about English Compound Words and L2 Planning: A Psycholinguistic Approach. Join us in SG1! Here’s her abstract:

This talk will discuss non-native (L2) language production, focusing especially on the sub-process that prepares prosodic frames during the phonological encoding stage. In order to prepare utterances for articulation, the phonological encoding stage of speech production infuses abstract lexical representations with phonological features (Levelt, 1989). Although recent studies have produced evidence for the prosodification of compounds in native speakers, little is known about this process in L2 speakers. This talk will address the following research question: how do non-native speakers of English plan compound words? Theories of phonological phrasing (e.g. Selkirk 1986; Nespor & Vogel 1986; Lahiri & Plank 2010) assume that prosodic units are not isomorphic with syntactic units; however, theories are not transparent about the prosodic status of more complex linguistic items such as compounds. This talk presents the findings of a series of psycholinguistic experiments designed to elicit evidence for the planning of prosodic frames in both native and non-native English speakers.