ISCA Tutorial and Research Workshop on Experimental Linguistics (ExLing 2008)

Athens, Greece
August 25-27, 2008

Coarticulation in Non-Native Speakers of English: /.lV/-Sequences in Non-Proficient vs. Proficient Learners

Henrike Baumotte, Grzegorz Dogil

Experimental Phonetics Group, Institute for Natural Language Processing, Universität Stuttgart, Germany

This is an acoustic study of the production of English /l/ by Standard German speakers. Previous research categorized these speakers as either non-proficient or proficient with regard to their phonetic abilities. Coarticulation differences might be one of several reasons for less proficient speakers not to be able to overcome their foreign accent. The pattern of consonantal velarization influences the degree of /.lV/-coarticulation within the group of L2 speakers. Significant F2 and Fv values for non-proficient vs. proficient speakers suggest that proficiency can be characterized due to English stimuli being articulated with more active tongue dorsum control (more velarization) which does not appear as such in German language.

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Bibliographic reference.  Baumotte, Henrike / Dogil, Grzegorz (2008): "Coarticulation in non-native speakers of English: /.lv/-sequences in non-proficient vs. proficient learners", In ExLing-2008, 37-40.