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ERIC Number: EJ939990
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 63
ISSN: ISSN-0267-6583
The Acquisition of Phonetic Details: Evidence from the Production of English Reduced Vowels by Korean Learners
Han, Jeong-Im; Hwang, Jong-Bai; Choi, Tae-Hwan
Second Language Research, v27 n4 p535-557 Oct 2011
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the acquisition of non-contrastive phonetic details of a second language. Reduced vowels in English are realized as a schwa or barred- i depending on their phonological contexts, but Korean has no reduced vowels. Two groups of Korean learners of English who differed according to the experience of residence in English-speaking countries and a group of English native speakers were asked to produce English reduced vowels in word-initial, word-internal and word-final positions. The mean duration ratios, and the mean values and distribution patterns of F1/F2 of the reduced vowels were compared between the three groups, which revealed that Korean learners without residence experience tended to produce each variant of English reduced vowels as the corresponding full vowels, whereas those with experience displayed similar patterns to the natives. The present results suggest that it is possible for second language (L2) learners to learn the statistical properties in L2. (Contains 6 figures, 3 tables, and 10 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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