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Multidisciplinary Approaches to Multilingualism

Proceedings from the CALS conference 2014

Edited By Kristina Cergol Kovačević and Sanda Lucija Udier

This volume offers a selection of twenty papers presented at the 28 th International Annual Conference of the Croatian Applied Linguistics Society held in 2014. The authors’ reflections on Multidisciplinary Approaches to Multilingualism fall into four different areas of investigation: 1) bilingual and multilingual studies focusing on research in foreign, second and lingua franca issues, 2) language policy and planning, 3) translation studies, lexis and lexical relations and 4) experimental research into language processing. The volume addresses an international audience and places a number of Croatian-based considerations onto the international applied linguistics scene.
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French pronunciation difficulties of Croatian-speaking students in relation to English as a foreign language

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A highly complex foreign language learning process involves the acquisition of a whole set of interdependent language elements in order to achieve global communicative competence.

French pronunciation, compared to Croatian, is characterized by frontal positioning of the articulatory basis (“front pronunciation”), by labialization resulting in different degrees of vowel aperture and vowel timbre variation, by accentuation principles resulting in specific rhythm and intonation patterns, etc. All aspects of foreign language pronunciation are language-specific, starting from rhythm and intonation units – structures which have a strong impact on pronunciation quality. Phonemes are realized in mutual correlations according to the combination system and prosodic models of the given language. The combination system implies the combinations of phonemes acceptable within the particular phonological system. The prosodic models derive from the overall rhythm and intonation models of use in the particular language. Therefore, the optimal realization of a new phoneme may be achieved only by mastering multiple pronunciation elements, including all sounds within the rhythm and intonation pattern of the utterance.

This paper presents a study on the acquisition of optimal French language pronunciation by adult learners. Is their pronunciation of French affected only by their mother tongue, or is it also influenced by the foreign language that the learners have already mastered? The aim of this paper is to recognize and classify the pronunciation difficulties caused by another foreign language of the students of French language and literature at the Department of Romance Languages of...

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