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ERIC Number: EJ799610
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-0269-9206
The Development of Monophthongal Vowels in Korean: Age and Sex Differences
Lee, Soyoung; Iverson, Gregory K.
Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, v22 n7 p523-536 Jul 2008
The purpose of this study was to acoustically examine the developmental characteristics of fundamental (f[subscript o]) and formant frequencies (F1 and F2) in vowels produced by Korean male and female children in two age ranges (5 and 10 years of age). The study also compared formant frequency values among Korean children with those from existing English data. Results revealed that f[subscript o] and F1 and F2 decrease as age increases. The f[subscript o] was similar, but formant frequencies were found to differ between male and female children. In particular, F1 and F2 values differed for the low-central vowel /a/ among the four Korean groups, similar to English-speaking children, but, unlike English, F2 values of front vowels were not different between age groups in Korean. The results of this study provide a base of information for establishing the normal pattern of development in Korean children, and bear on the exploration of cross-linguistic similarities and differences in vowel development between English and Korean. (Contains 7 figures, 2 tables, and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Korea (Seoul)