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Academic Paper

Title: The effects of identification training on the identification and production of American English vowels by native speakers of Japanese
Author: Stephen G. Lambacher
Institution: University of Aizu
Author: William l. Martens
Institution: McGill University
Author: Kazuhiko Kakehi
Institution: Chukyo University
Author: Chandrajith Ashuboda Marasinghe
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Institution: University of Aizu
Author: Garry Molholt
Institution: West Chester University
Linguistic Field: Psycholinguistics; Language Acquisition
Subject Language: English
Abstract: The effectiveness of a high variability identification training procedure to improve native Japanese identification and production of the American English (AE) mid and low vowels /æ/, //, //, //, // was investigated. Vowel identification and production performance for two groups of Japanese participants was measured before and after a 6-week identification training period. Recordings were made of both group's pre-/posttraining vowel productions of the five vowels, which were evaluated by a group of native AE listeners using a five-alternative, forced-choice identification task and by an acoustic analysis of the vowel productions. The overall results confirmed that the identification performance of the experimental (trained) participants improved after identification training with feedback and that the training also had a positive effect on their production of the target AE vowels.


This article appears IN Applied Psycholinguistics Vol. 26, Issue 2.

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