This study investigates how beginning learners of Japanese language (L2 Japanese) develop the durational features of an intervocalic consonant. Acoustic analyses were conducted on speech data collected from Australian learners of Japanese over a sixteen month period at the early stages of learning. The durations of the intervocalic consonant, and the component durations, voice onset time (VOT) and closure, were analysed with respect to preceding vowel length. The results suggest that beginning learners have the ability to learn gross segmental L2 durational characteristics but have difficulty acquiring the phonetic detail appropriate for native-like production. The learning of durational features varied according to preceding vowel length suggesting the influence of L1 syllable structure on L2 learning.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the 17th international congress of phonetic sciences ICPhS XVII, 17-21 August 2011, Hong Kong|
|Editors||Wai-Sum Lee et al.|
|Place of Publication||Hong Kong|
|Number of pages||4|
|Publication status||Published - 2011|
|Event||International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (17th : 2011) - Hong Kong|
Duration: 17 Aug 2011 → 21 Aug 2011
|Conference||International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (17th : 2011)|
|Period||17/08/11 → 21/08/11|
- L2 Japanese
- durational feature learning
- voiceless stop consonant
Kato, A., & Cox, F. (2011). Duration feature learning for an intervocalic voiceless velar stop consonant in L2 Japanese. In W-S. Lee et al. (Ed.), Proceedings of the 17th international congress of phonetic sciences ICPhS XVII, 17-21 August 2011, Hong Kong (pp. 1038-1041). Hong Kong: City University.