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Production and Perception of English Tense/lax Vowel Contrasts by Korean EFL Learners

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Authors
Kim, Dong Hyun
Issue Date
2012
Publisher
서울대학교 인문대학 영어영문학과
Citation
영학논집, Vol.32, pp. 137-155
Keywords
speech productionspeech perceptionEnglish tense/lax vowels
Abstract
The purpose of this study is to investigate Korean EFL (KE) learners production
and perception of English tense/lax vowel contrasts. This study not
only examines the acoustic properties of KE learners production of English
tense/lax vowels but it also looks into the KE learners perception as to whether
or not they discriminate English tense/lax vowel contrasts in a Categorical
Discrimination Test (CDT). Four KE learners (experimental group) and
three native speakers of English (control group) participated in the study. In
Production test, the KE learners were asked to read aloud consonant-vowelconsonant
English words in a carrier phrase. In Perception test, the KE learners
participated in a CDT. The results suggest that English tense/lax vowel
contrasts prove to be problematic for KE learners in both production and perception.
They experienced difficulty in accurately producing the contrasts in
terms of vowel quality and duration. In addition, the results of the perception
test suggest that English tense/lax contrasts are difficult for KE learners to
discriminate because both members of each contrast tend to be uncategorizable
and identified as instances of a single Korean vowel.
Language
English
URI
https://hdl.handle.net/10371/76266
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