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Korean stop contrast, Korean alveolar lax-tense stops, pitch, f0, VOT, L1- English learners of L2-Korean, AX discrimination task, pitch effects

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Because English speakers use voice onset time (VOT) as their main cue to discriminate L1- English stops, it would be interesting to see if L1-Engish learners of L2-Korean use fundamental frequency (f0) effectively to distinguish Korean contrastive stops, for which f0 is known to be important. Thirteen English learners of Korean participated in an AX discrimination task. Results showed that f0 significantly affected the learners’ perception of Korean alveolar lax-tense stops, demonstrating that English learners were sensitive to f0 in L2 despite its absence as a main cue in L1.

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Jan 1st, 12:00 AM

The Effects of Pitch on Second Language Learners’ Categorical Perception of Korean Alveolar Lax and Tense Stops

Because English speakers use voice onset time (VOT) as their main cue to discriminate L1- English stops, it would be interesting to see if L1-Engish learners of L2-Korean use fundamental frequency (f0) effectively to distinguish Korean contrastive stops, for which f0 is known to be important. Thirteen English learners of Korean participated in an AX discrimination task. Results showed that f0 significantly affected the learners’ perception of Korean alveolar lax-tense stops, demonstrating that English learners were sensitive to f0 in L2 despite its absence as a main cue in L1.