Document Type

Conference Paper

Department/Unit

Department of Communication Studies

Language

English

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.

Keywords

Variability Phonetic Training, speech perception and production, SLA

Publication Date

2015

Source Publication Title

Proceedings of the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences

Start Page

107

End Page

111

Conference Location

Glasgow, United Kingdom

Publisher

ICPhS

Peer Reviewed

1

Copyright

This proceeding article is under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)

ISBN (print)

978-0-85261-941-4

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