A Study of Perceptual Errors of Liquids /r/ and /l/—Evidence from a Diction Task by Chinese Learners of English
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- Liquid; Phonetics; Second-language acquisition; Onset; Coda
The Chinese language consists of a variety of dialects, and they can be generally divided into northern dialects and southern dialects. A significant difference between these two kinds of dialects is that whether there are rhoticities. This study focuses on the second-language learners’ perception of liquids. Based on the different state of similarity that the second language (L2) has to the first language (L1), there are two contrastive theories separated. This study utilizes a diction task on two groups who have different levels of familiarity towards /r/ sound to find out which model is more suitable to predict second-language learners’ perception towards liquid sounds. The author also sets a pair of comparative factors in the diction material to verify, in terms of syllable structure, in which position a liquid is more likely to be misperceived. Results of the diction task shows that compared to the Featural Model (FM), Perceptual Assimilation Model (PAM) is the more reasonable one to explain the relationship between the perception of a sound exists in the second language (L2) and its similarity to the counterpart in one’s first language (L1). Additionally, Coda liquid has a much lower level of overall accuracy than Onset liquid, which indicates that Coda liquid is more difficult for people to perceive.
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TY - CONF AU - Wenyu Zhang PY - 2022 DA - 2022/12/29 TI - A Study of Perceptual Errors of Liquids /r/ and /l/—Evidence from a Diction Task by Chinese Learners of English BT - Proceedings of the 2022 6th International Seminar on Education, Management and Social Sciences (ISEMSS 2022) PB - Atlantis Press SP - 636 EP - 642 SN - 2352-5398 UR - https://doi.org/10.2991/978-2-494069-31-2_78 DO - 10.2991/978-2-494069-31-2_78 ID - Zhang2022 ER -