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The perception–production link revisited: The case of Japanese learners' English /ɹ/ performance

Saito, K; van Poeteren, K; (2018) The perception–production link revisited: The case of Japanese learners' English /ɹ/ performance. International Journal of Applied Linguistics , 28 (1) pp. 3-17. 10.1111/ijal.12175. Green open access

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Abstract

The current study re‐examines how second language speech perception and production are related in the context of the acquisition of English /ɹ/ by 45 adult Japanese learners with various proficiency levels. Perception was evaluated using a two‐alternative forced choice identification task, while pronunciation performance was assessed via multiple task/analysis contexts. Overall, the participants' perception performance was correlated with the global qualities (accuracy, intelligibility) of their production ability both at controlled and spontaneous speech levels. In light of the results of acoustic analyses, however, their perception ability was only significantly predictive of their redeployment of existing articulatory parameters (i.e., lower F2 for the rate and degree of tongue retraction), not the acquisition of new articulatory parameters (i.e., lower F3 for labial, palatal, and pharyngeal constrictions).

Type: Article
Title: The perception–production link revisited: The case of Japanese learners' English /ɹ/ performance
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/ijal.12175
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1111/ijal.12175
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: English /ɹ/, pronunciation, second language phonetics, speech perception, speech production, Engels /ɹ/, spraakperceptie, spraakproductie, Tweede taal fonetiek, uitspraak
UCL classification: UCL
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10066033
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