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Acoustic study of the perceptual significance of F2 transition of [w] in English and Korean

Title
Acoustic study of the perceptual significance of F2 transition of [w] in English and Korean
Author
강현숙
Keywords
Korean/English/w/; coarticulation; F2 transitional pattern; perception
Issue Date
2006-12
Publisher
한국음성과학회
Citation
음성과학, v. 13, No. 4, Page. 7 - 21
Abstract
The intent of the present study is to investigate the acoustic properties of Korean /w/ in various phonological contexts, compare them with those of English /w/, and attempt to explain why english /w/'s are perceived differently by Korean speakers depending on the phonological contexts. Experiments 1 and 2 present the acoustic measure of F2 of Korean /w/ in various linguistic positions and show that unlike English /w/, Korean /w/ shows quite a strong coarticulation with the following vowel. Based on these experiments, Experiment 3 investigates why English /w/ is adapted differently into Korean. Specifically, it discusses why English /wain/ is adapted as /wain/ whereas English /twin/ is adapted into Korean as /thiwin/ with an extra vowel. This study argues that the different perception of English /w/ by Korean and English speakers is due to the different F2 transitional pattern of /w/ in Korean and English in various phonological contexts. It also argues that the F2 transitional pattern is an important factor in the perception of /w/.
URI
http://www.dbpia.co.kr/journal/articleDetail?nodeId=NODE00795788&language=ko_KRhttp://repository.hanyang.ac.kr/handle/20.500.11754/108903
ISSN
1226-5276
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COLLEGE OF LANGUAGES & CULTURES[E](국제문화대학) > ENGLISH LANGUAGE & CULTURE(영미언어·문화학과) > Articles
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