1st Edition

Intonation in L2 Discourse Research Insights

    264 Pages 32 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    264 Pages 32 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Grounded in a systemic functional linguistic (SFL) approach, this book applies a contrastive interlanguage corpus-based approach to investigate the nature and role of L2 intonation and its pragmatic function in spoken discourse. 

    The volume offers a brief overview of SFL theories and frameworks, with a clear focus on Halliday’s model of phonology and the proposal of developing a grammar of speech. Integrating a SFL framework with a corpus linguistic-informed approach, the book uses this foundation as a jumping-off point from which to explore the prosodic complexities involved in English language teaching and learning for L2 learners, highlighting its various functions as illustrated in examples from the UAM English Learner Spoken Corpus. A final chapter synthesizes these findings toward critically reflecting on future directions for the study of L2 speech prosody.

    This book will be key reading for graduate students and researchers in applied linguistics and English language teaching.

    PART I

    Theoretical Framework and Empirical Methodology

    Chapter 1. Introduction

    Chapter 2: Systemic Functional Linguistics as a Theoretical Framework

    Chapter 3. Corpus Linguistics, Learner Corpora and Systemic Functional Linguistics

    Chapter 4. The Intonation Systems of English as Exponent of Discourse Functions: Textual and Interpersonal Metafunctions

    Chapter 5. Interlanguage Intonation: The Role of Universal, Native, and Target Language Principles in the Acquisition of L2 Intonation

    Chapter 6. Research Design


    Findings from Contrastive Interlanguage Corpora Analysis of Spanish L2 Learners and English L1 Intonation

    Chapter 7. Identifying Spanish Learners' Prosodic Features in English: Giving Information

    Chapter 8. Identifying Spanish Learners' Prosodic Features in English: Demanding Information

    Chapter 9. Identifying Spanish Learners' Prosodic Features in English: Giving and Demanding Goods and Services

    Chapter 10: Perspectives on L2 Intonation Study: Teaching English Intonation to L2 Learners


    María Dolores Ramírez-Verdugo is Associate Professor in the Department of Modern Languages at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain.