Vowel Values in L2 Speech: A Case Study of Faro-Danish

Hjalmar Páll Petersen, Iben Nyholm Debess, Sandra Saxov-Lamhauge

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Abstract

In this article, we ask how asymmetrical bilinguals with Faroese (FA) as their L(anguage)1 and Faro-Danish (FADA) as their first L2 pronounce the Danish (DA) long vowels. We investigate which of the following three alternatives reflects the actual situation: 1. there is an interaction between the two phonetic subsystems; 2. speakers use Danish pronunciation; or 3. they simply impose the Faroese phonological system onto their Faro-Danish pronunciation.
By describing the vowel system of Faro-Danish, this study contributes significantly to the yet unexplored field of Faro-Danish phonetics, as well as revealing some of the linguistic dynamics that characterizes the bilingual situation in the Faroe Islands.
Original languageEnglish
Article number5
Pages (from-to)51-70
Number of pages20
JournalFróðskaparrit - Faroese Scientific Journal
Volume65-66
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Keywords

  • L2 vowels
  • imposition

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