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Expression and percemption of voiced emotions in Italian L2 learners

A Cross-Linguistic Study

Anna De Marco    Università della Calabria, Italia    

Emanuela Paone    Università del Salento; Università della Calabria, Italia    

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abstract

This study explored the expression and the perception of vocal emotions in L2 learners of Italian coming from different countries. We carried out an acoustic analysis of learners’ emotional speech in their L1s and in Italian, to verify to what extent their L1 influenced their productions in L2. To test learners’ ability to decode vocal emotions expressed by natives, we administered a perception test containing emotional stimuli in Italian; to verify the effectiveness of learners’ emotional speech, we administered a perception test to Italian listeners. Results revealed that learners’ productions were influenced by their L1s, consequently Italians experienced difficulties in decoding them. Learners encountered the same difficulties in identifying natives’ emotional speech. Such awareness could be useful for L2 teaching practices.

Published
Nov. 1, 2014
Language
IT