ERIC Number: ED136555
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: 0
English Voiceless and Voiced Stops as Produced by Native and Finnish Speakers. Jyvaskyla Contrastive Studies, 2. Reports from the Department of English, University of Jyvaskyla, No. 2.
It is well known to anyone involved in teaching English to Finnish students that it is difficult for Finns to distinguish between English /ptk/ and /bdg/. This second volume in a series on a Finnish-English contrastive project reports on a study which attempted to obtain more concrete knowledge about the ability of speakers of Finnish to use the various perceptual cues connected with the voiced-voiceless distinction in English. At this initial stage the linguistic material focused on is necessarily very limited and the conclusions arrived at are valid only with reservations. Similarly, only certain aspects are concentrated on. Chapters 2-4 presents the results of the experiment in acoustic terms. The rest of the report is devoted to an attempt to interpret the results of the experiment in the light of articulatory and other physiological evidence. The latter part of the report is necessarily somewhat more speculative in nature. On the bsis of indirect or second-hand evidence, certain inferences about some aspects of the timing of physiological processes are made. Appendices contain a list of test words read by informants and sample mingograms. (Author/AM)
Descriptors: Acoustic Phonetics, Consonants, Contrastive Linguistics, Distinctive Features (Language), English (Second Language), Finnish, Interference (Language), Language Research, Linguistic Theory, Phonemes, Phonemics, Phonetics, Phonology, Second Language Learning, Vowels
Department of English, University of Jyvaskyla, 40100 Juvaskyla 10, Finland ($5.00)
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Jyvaskyla Univ. (Finland). Dept. of English.