An acoustic analysis of Chinese and English vowels

Hsueh Chu CHEN, Mei Jung WANG

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This study compares the articulation of two pairs of similar vowels in Mandarin Chinese in Taiwan and American English. Four Taiwanese learners and four native speakers of American English were recruited to produce five vowels for each language. Acoustic vowel qualities of formant one (F1) and formant two (F2 ) values were measured and analyzed. Results show that Chinese English and American English are different in vowel height and frontness. Pedagogical implications are provided for EFL teachers to help Chinese learners improve their pronunciation. Copyright © 2011 Arab Open University.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-19
JournalCALR Linguistic Journal
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2011


Chen, H. C., & Wang, M. J. (2011). An acoustic analysis of Chinese and English vowels. CALR Linguistic Journal, 1, 1-19.


  • Acoustic phonetics
  • Pronunciation teaching
  • Interlanguage analysis


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