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Phonetic variation of f 0 range in L1 and L2: A comparison between Italian, English and Spanish native and non-native speakers

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This work was carried out with the purpose of investigating the use of language-specific features of pitch span and level in L2. Different languages were investigated: on the one hand, we analysed productions in L2 Spanish and English, uttered by Italian learners with different proficiency levels; on the other hand, we analysed productions in L2 Italian uttered by Spanish and English speakers. The results show a very heterogeneous situation: to some extent, learners seem to be sensitive to f 0 excursion and modulation of the L2 input they receive; however, these intonational features of Target Language speech: i) are out of non-native speaker’s control, ii) do not affect all the aspects of L2 productions, and iii) present a high degree of inter-speaker variability.
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pitch range, L2 prosody, foreign language learning, transfer, topic

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Cataldo, Violetta, et al. “Phonetic Variation of f 0 Range in L1 and L2: A Comparison between Italian, English and Spanish Native and Non-Native Speakers.” SOCIAL AND BIOLOGICAL FACTORS IN SPEECH VARIATION, edited by Chiara Bertini et al., vol. 3, Officinaventuno, 2017, pp. 227–56, doi:10.17469/O2103AISV000012.
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Cataldo, V., Orrico, R., & Savy, R. (2017). Phonetic variation of f 0 range in L1 and L2: A comparison between Italian, English and Spanish native and non-native speakers. In C. Bertini, C. Celata, G. Lenoci, C. Meluzzi, & I. Ricci (Eds.), SOCIAL AND BIOLOGICAL FACTORS IN SPEECH VARIATION (Vol. 3, pp. 227–256). Milano: Officinaventuno. https://doi.org/10.17469/O2103AISV000012
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Cataldo, Violetta, Riccardo Orrico, and Renata Savy. 2017. “Phonetic Variation of f 0 Range in L1 and L2: A Comparison between Italian, English and Spanish Native and Non-Native Speakers.” In SOCIAL AND BIOLOGICAL FACTORS IN SPEECH VARIATION, edited by Chiara Bertini, Chiara Celata, Giovanna Lenoci, Chiara Meluzzi, and Irene Ricci, 3:227–56. Milano: Officinaventuno. https://doi.org/10.17469/O2103AISV000012.
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Cataldo, Violetta, Riccardo Orrico, and Renata Savy. 2017. “Phonetic Variation of f 0 Range in L1 and L2: A Comparison between Italian, English and Spanish Native and Non-Native Speakers.” In SOCIAL AND BIOLOGICAL FACTORS IN SPEECH VARIATION, ed by. Chiara Bertini, Chiara Celata, Giovanna Lenoci, Chiara Meluzzi, and Irene Ricci, 3:227–256. Milano: Officinaventuno. doi:10.17469/O2103AISV000012.
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Cataldo V, Orrico R, Savy R. Phonetic variation of f 0 range in L1 and L2: A comparison between Italian, English and Spanish native and non-native speakers. In: Bertini C, Celata C, Lenoci G, Meluzzi C, Ricci I, editors. SOCIAL AND BIOLOGICAL FACTORS IN SPEECH VARIATION. Milano: Officinaventuno; 2017. p. 227–56.
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V. Cataldo, R. Orrico, and R. Savy, “Phonetic variation of f 0 range in L1 and L2: A comparison between Italian, English and Spanish native and non-native speakers,” in SOCIAL AND BIOLOGICAL FACTORS IN SPEECH VARIATION, vol. 3, C. Bertini, C. Celata, G. Lenoci, C. Meluzzi, and I. Ricci, Eds. Milano: Officinaventuno, 2017, pp. 227–256.
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  author       = {Cataldo, Violetta and Orrico, Riccardo and Savy, Renata},
  booktitle    = {SOCIAL AND BIOLOGICAL FACTORS IN SPEECH VARIATION},
  editor       = {Bertini, Chiara and Celata, Chiara and Lenoci, Giovanna and Meluzzi, Chiara and Ricci, Irene},
  isbn         = {978-88-97657-19-4},
  keywords     = {pitch range,L2 prosody,foreign language learning,transfer,topic},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {Pisa},
  pages        = {227--256},
  publisher    = {Officinaventuno},
  title        = {Phonetic variation of f 0 range in L1 and L2: A comparison between Italian, English and Spanish native and non-native speakers},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.17469/O2103AISV000012},
  volume       = {3},
  year         = {2017},
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