Foreign accent

influences of the sound system of Serbian on the production of Swedish L2

  • Mechtild Tronnier
  • Elisabeth Zetterholm


Among the second language learners of Swedish from the group of first language speakers (L1) of the one of the standard languages that formed the pluricentric language Serbo-Croatian, Serbian currently seems to be most frequent L1. Based on recordings of L2-speech produced by two Serbian L1-speakers, living in Sweden, this contribution presents typical pronunciation features in L2-Swedish, in order to provide teachers with a better understanding of foreign accent characteristics when teaching Swedish as a second language.