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From Sound to Meaning in Context

Studies in Honour of Piotr Ruszkiewicz


Edited By Alicja Witalisz

This volume is a collection of papers approaching the phenomenon of language from a variety of perspectives. Scholars in phonology, morphology, syntax, lexicology, historical linguistics and translation studies share the results of their research. They invite the reader on a journey into the multifaceted and complex world of human language, moving from the study of sound through the description of structure to the analysis of meaning. The volume has been brought together to honour Professor Piotr Ruszkiewicz from the Institute of Modern Languages of the Pedagogical University of Cracow, a linguist and academic lecturer.
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Morphological Cues to English Word Stress Acquisition by Polish Learners: Andrzej Porzuczek


Morphological Cues to English Word Stress Acquisition by Polish Learners

Andrzej Porzuczek

University of Silesia

1. Introduction

Contrastive word stress, typical of languages such as English, Spanish, Dutch or Russian, is an important cue to word identification (cf. Cutler 1984; Cutler – Clifton 1984; Connine et al. 1987; Kenworthy 1990; Benrabah 1997; Soto-Faraco et al. 2001; Cooper et al. 2002; Hahn 2004; Field 2005). Consequently, it is rightly regarded as one of the most important aspects of lexical phonology to be taught to EFL1 learners. However, the acquisition of English word stress patterns is difficult for Polish learners for two main reasons. First, the location of stress in English words is rather unpredictable. Second, native speakers of languages with non-contrastive word stress, e.g. Polish, French, Hungarian or Finnish, may show a poor ability to identify FL word-level prominences, which is often called stress-deafness (Pepercamp – Dupoux 2002; Dupoux et al. 2007). Needless to say, stress-deafness may seriously hinder lexical access and affect language production.

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