Durational correlates of Japanese phonemic quantity contrasts by Cantonese-speaking L2 learners

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Abstract

This paper reports a production study of Japanese phonemic quantity contrasts by native speakers, beginner learners, and advanced learners speaking Cantonese as L1. The three groups were compared using various standard durational measures. It was found that both learner groups successfully distinguished all the quantity conditions, although they did so differently from their Japanese peers. Specifically, whereas the short vs. long contrasts were enhanced in slow speech by native speakers, such enhancement was absent in both learner groups. The pedagogical and typological implications of these data are discussed. Copyright © 2016 Speech Prosody 8.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2016

Citation

Lee, A., & Mok, P. (2016, June). Durational correlates of Japanese phonemic quantity contrasts by Cantonese-speaking L2 learners. Poster presented at the 8th International Conference on Speech Prosody (SP2016), Boston University, Boston, US.

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