Fluency across Multilingual Speakers (MultiFluency)


This project examines the impact of individual speaking style in L1 (first language) and cross-linguistic differences (transfer) on second language (L2) speech. More specifically, we examine Swedish-speaking university students’ fluency in their L1 and its effect on L2 speech fluency. In the project, speech samples from a comparison group of L1 Finnish speakers are also collected to examine fluency across several languages in the participants’ repertoire (L2 Swedish and English). The L1s examined in the project are thus Swedish and Finnish, and the target languages are Finnish, Swedish, and English. In the project, we will therefore be able to compare multilingual speakers’ spoken language features across different target languages and L1s.

Research Team:
Pekka Lintunen – Principal Investigator, 2020–2022
Pauliina Peltonen – Project Researcher, 2020–2021
Elina Lehtilä – Project Researcher, 2021–2022
Eva-Lydia Mäki – Research Assistant, 2020–2021
Saara Naapila – Research Assistant, 2020–2021

The project is funded by the Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland (2020–2022).

Svenska kulturfonden