15th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-15)

Barcelona, Spain
August 3-9, 2003

Learning to Form New L2 Phonetic Categories in Sentence Contexts

Yukari Hirata

Colgate University, USA

This study investigated whether native English speakers can learn to perceive vowel and consonant length distinction in Japanese through words spoken in sentences as well as through words spoken in isolation. Two groups of participants were trained to identify the number of morae in Japanese words spoken either in isolation (word-training) or in sentences (sentence-training), and their pre-test and post-test scores were compared to those of a control group. Both groups of trained participants showed significant improvement after training in three out of four word types examined. An advantage of sentence-training over word-training was found in one of the word types in the sentence context.

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Bibliographic reference.  Hirata, Yukari (2003): "Learning to form new L2 phonetic categories in sentence contexts", In ICPhS-15, 515-518.