First International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP 90)

Kobe, Japan
November 18-22, 1990

On Phrasing of Japanese Language Learners

Izumi Saita

Faculty of Arts and Letters, Tohoku University, Miyagi-ken, Japan

The purpose of this research is to investigate how listening ability relates to speaking ability, especially in prosodic elements. An experiment on the mannars of "phrasing" has been given to two groups of foreign learners of Japanese language; beginners and advanced ones. The word "phrasing" here means how one expresses the boundary of phrases orally to make the mean ing c lear. The result of the experiment tells that beginners have difficulty in acquiring prosodic elements, except pause, only by listening. Advanced learners, on the contrary, show improvements in the use of prosodic elements after the listening training. This suggests the existence of a type of learners of Japanese who can not reproduce what he/she can recognize, at least in terms of "phrasing".

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Bibliographic reference.  Saita, Izumi (1990): "On phrasing of Japanese language learners", In ICSLP-1990, 637-640.