University of Łódź Institute of English Department of English Language and Applied Linguistics 7

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University of Łódź Institute of English

Department of English Language and Applied Linguistics 7th International Conference on Native and Non-native Accents of English

ACCENTS 2013: Prosody in Action

Łódź, December 5-7, 2013

Venue: University Conference Centre, ul. Kopcińskiego 16/18, Łódź


Thursday, December 5th

10.00-13.00 Registration

12.30-13. 30 Lunch


Conference Opening Aula


Plenary session Chair:

Ulrike Gut

Corpus-based analysis of second language prosody


Session 1 Room 1


Session 2 Room 4



Geoffrey Schwartz, Anna Balas

Stop release in Polish English - implications for prosodic constituency

Jan Volín, Kristýna Poesová, Radek Skarnitzl

The impact of rhythmic distortions in speech on personality assessment


Marek Radomski

Adaptation of Polish CC obstruent-sonorant clusters by native speakers of English

Mateusz Jekiel, Kamil Malarski

Cross-linguistic analysis of pitch range and its influence on perceived speech friendliness


Mohammed Nour Abu Guba

The interaction of phonological and phonetic features in the adaptation of English loanwords in Jordanian Arabic

Agnieszka Bryła-Cruz

The assessment of Polish-accented English by native listeners – empirical evidence

16.30-17.00 Coffee break


Session 1 Room 1 Chair:

Session 2 Room 4



Lukas Sönning

An acoustic analysis of unstressed vowels in German learner English

Alice Henderson, Anna Jarosz

O wherefore art thou, communicative approach? English pronunciation in French and Polish school textbooks


Jan Volín, Lenka Weingartová

Acoustic correlates of word stress as a cue to accent strength

Jennifer A. Foote, Walcir Cardoso

Syllable structure in L2 pronunciation textbooks: A survey


Anna Gralińska-Brawata

Language experience and phonetic training as factors influencing timing organisation in Polish learners of English

Agata Barańska, Magdalena Zając

Attention to speech form as a factor influencing the pronunciation of Polish learners of English


Andrzej Porzuczek, Arkadiusz Rojczyk

Gemination strategies in L1 and English pronunciation of Polish learners

Jolanta Sypiańska, Adam Olender

Phonetic awareness in Polish learners of English


Marcin Bergier

A relation between the temporal variations in no release closure stage of unreleased plosive clusters and the place of articulation variable in English. An advanced second-language production study

Miroslav Ježek

Conducting research into a pronunciation standard: the case of RP in the Czech Republic

20. 00 Dinner (Conference Centre)

Friday, December 6th


Plenary session AULA


Beatrice Szczepek-Reed

Phonetics and Prosody in Natural Conversation


Session 1 Room 1


Session 2 Room 4 Chair:

Ewa Guz

Formulaic sequences as fluency devices in the oral production of native speakers of Polish

Magdalena Zając, Arkadiusz Rojczyk

Imitation of English vowel duration upon exposure to native and non-native speech

Piotr Pęzik

Automatic extraction of discourse-functional lexical units from conversational corpora. Some fluency considerations

Dorota Lipińska

Production of L3 vowels: Is it possible to separate them from L1 and L2 sounds?

11.00-11.30 Coffee break


Session 1 Room 1


Session 2 Room 4



Mehmet Kiliç

Pausing Preceding and Following Adverbial Clause Conjunctions: A Comparison of Native and Non-native speakers of English

Magdalena Wrembel

Metaphonological awareness in the acquisition of L3 Polish: A think-aloud protocol study


Anna Balas, Geoffrey Schwartz

Glottalization of initial vowels as L1 prosodic interference

Magdalena Szyszka

Pronunciation learning strategies of good English pronunciation users


Pavel Šturm, Radek Skarnitzl

Assimilation of voicing in Czech speakers of English: The effect of the degree of accentedness

Martin Hinton

The bold and the beautiful: how aspects of personality affect foreign language pronunciation


Grzegorz Aperliński

Pitch in the perception of voicing in Polish and English

Mirosław Pawlak, Anna Mystkowska-Wiertelak, Jakub Bielak

Exploring the relationship between beliefs about pronunciation instruction and attainment

13.30-15.00 Lunch


Session 1 Workshop session Room 1


Session 2 Paper session Room 4



Ulrike Gut

Workshop on compiling spoken corpora and handling spoken data

Satya Keerthi

A phonetic study of word accent by engineering students in Hyderabad

Rastislav Metruk, Zdena Kráľová

The analysis of mistakes in the English pronunciation of Slovak speakers

Karina Melezhik

Typological markedness in Ukrainian students’ ELF production

16.30-17.00 Coffee break


Session 1 Workshop session Room 1

Poster session Room 4

Anna Matyszczyk

Non-rhotic America – is variable rhoticity a diminishing feature?

Oksana Pervezentseva

The role of prosody and context in perception (case study of artificial classroom bilingualism)

Michał Piotrowski

The immediate effect of English onto Polish VOT values

Wojciech Rajtar

Formulaic language in native and learner English - a corpus-based study of prosodic features

Margarita Seyranyan

The role of prosody in conflict discourse

Darya Voroshkevich

The influence of the Russian speech culture on the choice of politeness strategies and their prosodic realisation

Sasha Euler (presentation)

Key Principles of Successful Communicative Pronunciation Teaching

Sasha Euler (workshop)

Teaching pronunciation in chunks: Perspectives on interactive prominence, rhythm and connected speech instruction

18.30 Departure for The Film Museum (


19.00 Conference Dinner at Karol Scheibler’s residence (1855)

The building was erected in 1855 as a plain, one floor house. Its final, presentable appearance resulted from a reconstruction taking place from 1884 to 1886, designed by Edward Lilpop. It used to belong to Karol Scheibler, the greatest Łódź industrialist. The Neo-Renaissance façade stands in contrast to the richness of the eclectic interior. First floor rooms (a mirror room, a dining room, the owner's study) are representative in their character. The second floor used to house living rooms and a terrace. There was a green square behind the house. Today the palace houses the Cinematography Museum.

Saturday, December 7th


Plenary session AULA


Jane Setter

Priorities for intonation teaching: a Global Englishes perspective


Session 1 Room 1


Session 2 Room 4



Fiyinfolu Olubunmi Idowu

The Current Debate on the Global Spread of English

Céline Horgues, Sylwia Scheuer

I understood you, but there was this pronunciation thing…”: L2 pronunciation feedback in English-French tandem interactions


Richard Junior Bonnie

Stress in Spontaneous Speech: A comparative study of Ghanaian and Singaporean Englishes

Piotr Steinbrich

/FAIS/, /FES/ or /FEIS/? Teachers’ phonetic accommodation of diphthongs in an L2 classroom setting

11.00-11.30 Coffee break


Session 1 Room 1


Session 2 Room 4



Marta Nowacka, Beata Webb

English Down Under: popular or neglected?

Dan Frost, Francis Picavet

Putting Prosody first – some practical solutions to a perennial problem: the Innovalangues project


James Yang

Kiwi accent in New Zealand Pop Music

Walcir Cardoso

Learning L2 pronunciation patterns with a speech synthesizer


Magda Sučková

Phonetic changes in the speech of Anglophone expatriates living in the Czech Republic: Acquisition of Czech accent?

Kacper Łodzikowski, Grzegorz Aperliński

Building an effective learning environment in a course in English phonetics



Ewa Waniek-Klimczak (convenor)

Pronunciation research – pronunciation teaching (research): Is there a link there?


Conference closing Room 1

14.00-15.00 Lunch
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