ERIC Number: EJ777893
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Mar
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Production of Coronal Stops by Simultaneous Bilingual Adults
Sundara, Megha; Polka, Linda; Baum, Shari
Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, v9 n1 p97-114 Mar 2006
This study investigated acoustic-phonetics of coronal stop production by adult simultaneous bilingual and monolingual speakers of Canadian English (CE) and Canadian French (CF). Differences in the phonetics of CF and CE include voicing and place of articulation distinctions. CE has a two-way voicing distinction (in syllable initial position) contrasting short-and long-lag VOT; coronal stops in CE are described as alveolar. CF also has a two-way voicing distinction, but contrasting lead and short-lag VOT; coronal stops in CF are described as dental. Acoustic analyses of stop consonants for both VOT and dental/alveolar place of articulation are reported. Results indicate that simultaneous bilingual as well as monolingual adults produce language-specific differences, albeit not in the same way, across CF and CE for voicing and place. Similarities and differences between simultaneous bilingual and monolingual adults are discussed to address phonological organization in simultaneous bilingual adults.
Descriptors: Phonetics, Monolingualism, Acoustics, Bilingualism, Auditory Perception, Adults, French Canadians, Distinctive Features (Language), Articulation (Speech), Foreign Countries
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Sponsor: McGill Univ., Montreal (Quebec).; Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, Ottawa (Ontario).
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Identifiers - Location: Canada