Perception of syllable-initial and syllable-final nasals in English by Korean and Japanese speakers

  title={Perception of syllable-initial and syllable-final nasals in English by Korean and Japanese speakers},
  author={Katsura Aoyama},
In both Korean and E nglish, /m/ and /n/ contrast syllable-initially and /m/, /n/ and /N/ contrast syllable-finally. In Japanese, /m/ and /n/ contrast syllableinitially while nasals do not contrast syllable-finally. E xperiment 1 of this study investigated Korean and Japanese speakers’ perception of English nasals to examine how learners’ L1 influences the perception of L2 segments. The Japanese speakers had considerable difficulty distinguishing /N/ from /n/ syllable-finally. Final /m/–/N/ and… CONTINUE READING
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