Nicole Dehé
The intonation of polar questions in North American ('heritage') Icelandic.
Journal of Germanic Linguistics  (to appear) 

Using map task data, this paper investigates the intonation of polar questions (PQs) in North American (heritage) Icelandic (NAmIce), and compares it to the intonation of PQs in Icelandic as spoken in Iceland (IceIce) and in North American English as spoken in Manitoba, Canada (NAmEngl). The results show that (i) intonational features typical of IceIce PQs are present to a considerable extent in NAmIce, and that (ii) intonational features typical of NAmEngl PQs are present to a considerable extent in NAmIce, too. In addition, there is a tendency for intonational features typical of IceIce PQs to show up in NAmEngl PQs produced by speakers of NAmIce more than in NAmEngl PQs produced by speakers without Icelandic heritage. Taken together, focusing on intonation, the present study adds to the evidence for (bidirectional) prosodic interference effects between a heritage language (here: moribund Icelandic) and the dominant language (here: English). 

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