Comparing the Perceptual Training Effects on the Perception and Production of English front and back vowels by Cantonese ESL Learners

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Abstract

This study investigated the effects of High Variability Phonetic Training (HVPT) in training both the perception and production of English highfront vowels /ɪ/-/iː/ and high-back vowels /ʊ/-/uː/ by Cantonese ESL learners. Results showed that the HVPT was generally effective in improving the subjects’ perception of the two vowel pairs and perceptual learning could generalize to new words and new speakers and be transferred to the production domain, but more perception and production improvement could be observed in the high-front vowel pair than the high-back one. Acoustic analysis also showed that although the subjects tended to exaggerate the vowel duration, the F1 and F2 values also changed, but more was observed in the high-front vowel pair. This is not consistent with SLM as Cantonese has vowels which are similar with the two target L2 vowel pairs but the extent of learning of both target vowel pairs was different.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences
PublisherInternational Congress of Phonetic Sciences
Pages107-111
ISBN (Print)9780852619414
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2015
EventThe 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences - Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 Aug 201514 Aug 2015

Conference

ConferenceThe 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences
Period10/08/1514/08/15

User-Defined Keywords

  • Variability Phonetic Training
  • speech perception and production
  • SLA

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