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ERIC Number: ED504696
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar-2
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Perception and Production of Geminate and Single Consonants by Learners of Japanese Language
Uchida, Ayumi
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The purpose of this study is to examine the perception and production of Japanese geminate and single consonants by learners of Japanese in various proficiency levels. Research on Japanese geminate and single stop consonants show that geminates and single stop consonants are significantly difficult for nonnative Japanese speakers to produce and perceive. However, there are two points that have not been clarified enough. First, past research has not investigated whether there are any differences of geminate and single stop consonants produced by different levels of learners. Secondly, the relationship between perception and production in L2 is still an unknown area. Therefore, we do not know whether accurate production of geminates and single consonant contrasts will make learners able to perceive them correctly, or whether successful perception will enable them to accurately produce the contrast. Thus, this study examined 1) whether the geminates and single stop consonants produced by different levels of learners are different and 2) if a correlation exists between their production and perception of the geminates and single stop consonants. 12 students of Japanese at an American university (4 first-year, 4 second-year, 4 third-year) were the participants. This present study consists of a perception task and a production task. In the perception task, subjects listened to 18 sentences which included the geminates and single stop consonants and they were asked to write down the words on a sheet. For the production task, they were asked to read aloud the 18 sentences. The data was evaluated and scored. The results indicated that learners' proficiency levels are related to both the production and perception ability. The results also show that learners master the production ability first and then they acquire the perception ability. A list of sentences used in the production and perception tasks is appended. (Contains 3 tables.)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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