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ERIC Number: EJ875117
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jan
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-0142-7164
Development of Perception of Second Language Japanese Geminates: Role of Duration, Sonority, and Segmentation Strategy
Hardison, Debra M.; Saigo, Miki Motohashi
Applied Psycholinguistics, v31 n1 p81-99 Jan 2010
This study explored the second language perceptual accuracy of Japanese geminates (moraic units) by English-speaking learners at three proficiency levels: beginner (28), low-intermediate (42), and advanced (15). Stimuli included singleton and geminate /t/, /k/, /s/ followed by /a/ or /u/ produced by a native speaker in isolated words and carrier sentences. Results of a forced-choice identification task revealed a significant complex interaction involving all factors. Simple effects tests indicated scores for geminate /s/ followed by /u/ in carrier sentences were significantly lower across proficiency levels. The singleton-geminate contrast for /t, k/ was significant for beginning learners, marginal for low-intermediate, and nonsignificant for advanced. Duration differences did not account for all findings. Greater consonant-vowel sonority difference facilitated perception, enhancing mora boundaries for speech segmentation. (Contains 5 figures, 1 table and 6 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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