This study investigates the influence of L1 on L2 with respect to linguistic rhythm. The L2 English of French, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish speakers is compared with L1 English. The results show that the linguistic rhythm of L1 transfers to L2. Compared to L1 English, L2 English has shorter stressed vowels but longer reduced vowel. Stressed vowels in the L2 English of stress-timed languages have a higher pitch contour than those in the L2 English of syllable-timed languages.
Index Terms: Foreign Accent, rhythm, duration, pitch
Bibliographic reference. Yuan, Jiahong (2010): "Linguistic rhythm in foreign accent", In INTERSPEECH-2010, 1848-1849.