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Between-speaker variation in English Learners' Realisation of Dental Fricatives


Graeppi, Christine; Leemann, Adrian (2019). Between-speaker variation in English Learners' Realisation of Dental Fricatives. In: 19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Melbourne, Australia, 5 August 2019 - 9 August 2019, 974-978.

Abstract

Anecdotally, it has been observed that Swiss Germans speaking English use a plethora of sounds for the dental fricatives /θ/ and /ð/. It is unsurprising that L2 speakers tend to substitute a sound not present in their native phoneme inventory with a sound that is present; however, there is wide intra- and inter-speaker variation in the sounds chosen to replace the dental fricatives. The present study is an initial examination of how speakers of Swiss German differ in their choice of sound substitution when speaking English. We recorded read speech from 45 high school students. Data was coded auditorily and acoustically. Findings confirm substantial variation between the learners, with the most common replacement being [d] for the voiced dental fricative and [f] for the unvoiced counterpart. We discuss potential reasons for the reported between-speaker variation.

Abstract

Anecdotally, it has been observed that Swiss Germans speaking English use a plethora of sounds for the dental fricatives /θ/ and /ð/. It is unsurprising that L2 speakers tend to substitute a sound not present in their native phoneme inventory with a sound that is present; however, there is wide intra- and inter-speaker variation in the sounds chosen to replace the dental fricatives. The present study is an initial examination of how speakers of Swiss German differ in their choice of sound substitution when speaking English. We recorded read speech from 45 high school students. Data was coded auditorily and acoustically. Findings confirm substantial variation between the learners, with the most common replacement being [d] for the voiced dental fricative and [f] for the unvoiced counterpart. We discuss potential reasons for the reported between-speaker variation.

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Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper), not_refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of German Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:430 German & related languages
Language:English
Event End Date:9 August 2019
Deposited On:15 Feb 2020 13:55
Last Modified:22 Feb 2020 12:13
Publisher:ICPhS2019
ISBN:978-0-646-80069-1
OA Status:Green
Official URL:https://assta.org/proceedings/ICPhS2019/

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