Acoustic observation for English speakers' perception of a three-way laryngeal contrast of Korean stops

Kwon, Nahyun (2014). Acoustic observation for English speakers' perception of a three-way laryngeal contrast of Korean stops. In: Lauren Gawne and Jill Vaughan, Selected Papers from the 44th Conference of the Australian Linguistic Society, 2013. 44th Conference of the Australian Linguistic Society, 2013, Melbourne, Vic, Australia, (58-76). 1 October 2013.

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Author Kwon, Nahyun
Title of paper Acoustic observation for English speakers' perception of a three-way laryngeal contrast of Korean stops
Conference name 44th Conference of the Australian Linguistic Society, 2013
Conference location Melbourne, Vic, Australia
Conference dates 1 October 2013
Proceedings title Selected Papers from the 44th Conference of the Australian Linguistic Society, 2013
Place of Publication Melbourne, Vic, Australia
Publisher University of Melbourne
Publication Year 2014
Sub-type Fully published paper
Open Access Status
ISBN 9780994150707
Editor Lauren Gawne
Jill Vaughan
Start page 58
End page 76
Total pages 19
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract/Summary While the two-way voicing contrast of English stops can be distinguished by VOT alone, the three-way laryngeal contrast of Korean stops requires additional acoustic parameter, f0, together with VOT for its realization (Chang, 2010; M. Kim, 2004). The distinct acoustic characteristics of the Korean and English stops may create difficulties in English speakers’ discrimination of the non-native Korean contrasts. To confirm this hypothesis, the current study examines English speakers’ discrimination of a three-way laryngeal distinction of Korean stops /p t k/ in word-initial position of disyllabic minimal pairs. The result supports the hypothetical link between acoustic patterns and perceptual discrimination to a large extent by displaying a relatively low correct discrimination level on the lenis fortis contrast. This leads to a conclusion that f0 is as important as VOT for non-native listeners to fully perceive the three-way contrast of Korean stops.
Keyword VOT
f0
Korean stops
L2 speech perception
Acoustic phonetics
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Link to publication: http://bit.ly/ALS2013Proceedings Link to paper: http://hdl.handle.net/11343/40957

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