Yasuko Nagano-Madsen

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This paper examines the prosodic organization of L2 Japanese produced by L1 Swedish at the beginner level. Japanese and Swedish have been well studied for their prosodic structures and some well-defined prosodic phrases have been proposed. However, these existing prosodic phrases are found to be inadequate in analyzing L2 intonation seen as interlanguage.(More)
This paper examines the manifestation of downstep and intonation in the Tokyo and Kochi dialects of Japanese by using three types of syntactically balanced material adjective phrases, adverbial phrases, and sentence modifiers. The main conclusion is that Kochi speakers produce a smaller Major Phrase consisting of fewer lexical accents than in the Tokyo(More)
This study examines the acquisition process of L2 Japanese intonation by Swedish learners at intermediate and advanced levels. Regarding the realization of L2 intonation as ‘interlanguage’, it focuses on the acquisition process of various parameters and their phonetic realizations that are relevant in determining Japanese intonation. The parameters can be(More)
Attitudinally-varied back channel utterances were simulated by six professional voice actors for Japanese. Contrary to the general assumption that a pitch accent language like Japanese cannot vary the tonal configuration for attitudinal variation as in a stress/intonation language, all the speakers differentiated two kinds of tonal configurations. Further(More)
Lexical pitch accent languages such as Swedish and Japanese have been claimed to exhibit variation in phonological inventory and/or phonetic manifestation of pitch accents. This paper reports variations in the phonetic manifestation as well as phonological patterning of the lexical H*+L pitch accent in two Ryukyuan dialects – Shuri and Nakijin. The F0(More)
Cross-linguistic studies on the perception of Mandarin tones are many. However, how speakers of lexical pitch accent language such as Swedish perceive Mandarin tones is still a widely open question. In this study, the perception of Mandarin tones in monoand di-syllabic words by Swedish learners of Chinese at three proficiency levels was examined(More)
This study presents the results of perception and production of L2 Mandarin tones in mono- and di-syllabic words by Swedish learners at the beginner level. Although studies of perception and production on Mandarin tones are many, those by speakers of lexical-pitch accent language such as Swedish are still very limited. The result reveals both discrepancy(More)