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English Unaspirated Stops in the Consonant Clusters /s + p t k/ Produced by Native Korean Speakers: An Acoustic Analysis of Voice Onset Time

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Authors
Kim, Ji Yea
Issue Date
2012
Publisher
서울대학교 인문대학 영어영문학과
Citation
영학논집, Vol.32, pp. 157-168
Keywords
English unaspirated stopsconsonant clustersnative Korean speakersvoice onset time (VOT)
Abstract
The present study investigates native Korean speakers production of English
unaspirated stops in the consonant clusters /s + p t k/. It is notable that
the phonemic systems in English and Korean are different from each other;
that is, while English is a two-category language of which voiceless stops have
aspirated and unaspirated allophones, the distinction depending on aspiration
is not found in English words borrowed into Korean. Instead, English
unaspirated stops as well as aspirated stops are adopted as aspirated stops
in Korean. Therefore, it is hypothesized, in this paper, that native speakers
of Korean tend to be influenced by their native language when producing
English unaspirated stops. A production experiment was conducted in order
to compare the voice onset time values of each stop produced by native speakers
of English and Korean. The results show that the values of native Korean
speakers are higher than those of native English speakers, which means that
Korean speakers produce stops in the consonant clusters /s + p t k/ as if they
were aspirated stops. It also turned out that the English proficiency level of
native Korean speakers have an effect on the voice onset time values.
Language
English
URI
https://hdl.handle.net/10371/76271
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