14th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-14)
San Francisco, CA, USA
Acoustic measurements were made of the voice onset time
(VOT) and vowels in French and Korean words spoken by
native Korean subjects who were highly experienced in French,
and by native French subjects. The speech of monolingual
subjects was also examined to estimate the phonetic norms of
French and Korean. A series of experiments is presented, in
which identical stimuli are used to examine similar cue-trading
relations in the perception of voicing contrast in word stops in
Korean and French. Do Koreans who speak French use the
Korean system when uttering French phonemes? Or are they
mimicking the French system in the stressed intervocalic
Predicted cross-linguistic differences are found in the basis category boundary and in the case of cue trading between VOT and aspiration. The results are discussed in terms of the hypothesis that adult learners of a second language may establish new phonetic categories for phonetic segments not found in the native language.
Bibliographic reference. Kim, Hyeon-zoo (1999): "The production of new and similar phones in a second language", In ICPhS-14, 1137-1140.