Publication details [#55679]

Caspers, Johanneke, Evelyn Bosma, Frida Kramm and Polona Reya. 2012. Deaccentuation in Dutch as a second language: Where does the accent go to? Linguistics in the Netherlands 29 : 27–40.
Publication type
Article in journal
Publication language
Language as a subject
Place, Publisher
John Benjamins


A non-native accent in a second language is usually not restricted to the segmental domain, but is also noticeable in the suprasegmental domain, which includes phenomena such as word stress and sentence accent. The central question in this paper is whether advanced German and Hungarian non-native speakers of Dutch produce pitch accent errors as a result of deaccentuation of given information in 'verum focus' sentences. The results reveal that the Hungarian speakers tend to focus the negation, while the German speakers of Dutch as a second language highlight the finite verb, just as the native speakers do.