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Comparing L1 and L2 speakers using articulography

Wieling, M; Veenstra, P; Weber, A; Adank, P; Tiede, M; (2015) Comparing L1 and L2 speakers using articulography. In: Wolters, M and Livingstone, J and Beattie, B and Smith, R, (eds.) Proceedings of of ICPhS 2015. International Phonetic Association: Glasgow, Scotland. Green open access

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Abstract

This study uses articulography, the measurement of the position of tongue and lips during speech, as a tool to quantitatively assess the differences between pronunciations of native and non-native (Dutch) speakers of English. In our study, we focus on two pairs of English sound contrasts: /s/-/ʃ/ and /t/-/θ/. Our analysis focuses on the anterior-posterior position of the tongue tip during the pronunciation of minimal pairs containing the contrasting sounds. Our results indicate that the contrast between /s/ and /ʃ/ made by the Dutch L2 speakers is slightly reduced compared to the contrast produced by the English L1 speakers. For the contrast /t/-/θ/, our findings show that while native English speakers clearly produce this contrast, Dutch speakers do not. Our results line up with earlier studies on the basis of acoustic data, and also illustrate that articulography is a suitable method of investigating pronunciation differences between first and second language speakers.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Comparing L1 and L2 speakers using articulography
Event: 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences
Location: Glasgow
Dates: 10 August 2015 - 14 August 2015
ISBN-13: 9780852619414
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://www.internationalphoneticassociation.org/i...
Language: English
Additional information: The Proceedings of ICPhS 2015 are posted here under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0).
Keywords: Articulography, second language acquisition, regression.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Speech, Hearing and Phonetic Sciences
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1468563
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