Comparison of Pitch Range in Finnish (L1) and Russian (L2)
Ullakonoja, Riikka. 2007. Comparison of Pitch Range in Finnish (L1) Fluency and Russian (L2). In: Trouvain, Jürgen & Barry, William J. (eds.) Proceedings of the 16th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, 6-10 August 2007, Saarbrücken, Germany. p. 1701-1704
Published inProceedings of the 16th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, 6-10 August 2007, Saarbrücken, Germany.
The aim of the present study is to investigate whether the pitch range of a speaker can vary according to the language he speaks. The hypothesis is tested on Finnish university students studying Russian as a foreign language before and after their stay in Russia. First, the global pitch range (max – min) is determined. Second, the pitch range in different types of utterances (declarative, question, exclamation) is examined by superimposing pitch contours. The results indicate that the learners have a narrower pitch range and a less variable pitch than native speakers both in L1 and L2. However, the results also suggest that L2 experience seems to help most students to produce a more native-like pitch range, especially in questions.