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ERIC Number: EJ780168
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Nov
Pages: 25
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-0019-042X
Strategies Used by Cantonese Speakers in Pronouncing English Initial Consonant Clusters: Insights into the Interlanguage Phonology of Cantonese ESL Learners in Hong Kong
Chan, Alice Y. W.
International Review of Applied Linguistics in Language Teaching (IRAL), v44 n4 p331-355 Nov 2006
This article discusses the strategies used by Cantonese ESL learners to cope with their problems in pronouncing English initial consonant clusters. A small-scale research study was carried out with six secondary and six university students in Hong Kong, who were asked to perform four speech tasks: the reading of a word list, the description of a picture list, the reading of three passages, and a conversational interview. The participants' speech was recorded using a high-quality mini-disk recorder and transcribed by two raters. The results of the study showed that deletion and substitution were commonly used by the learners, yet vowel epenthesis was practically non-existent. Certain segments, such as liquids, were also found to be more difficult than other segments in the same onset. It is argued that the findings of the study have both theoretical and pedagogical significance. (Contains 10 tables and 7 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong