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The importance of aspirated initial stops in English as a lingua franca
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Language Education.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Language Education.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7688-4696
2016 (English)In: Proceedings of the 7th Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching Conference / [ed] John Levis, Huong Le, Ivana Lucic, Evan Simpson, Sonca Vo, 2016, 66-75 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

A significant proportion of the population of the world is made up of users of English as a Lingua Franca (ELF). Jenkins (2000) published the Lingua Franca Core (LFC), a syllabus for ELF pronunciation, including the claim that the fortis/lenis distinction must be preserved on English stop consonants for successful ELF intelligibility. The present study evaluates the relationship between Voice Onset Time (VOT) and how the sounds are perceived by ELF listeners. 101 tokens produced during ELF interaction which contained the stops /b/, /p/, /d/, /t/, /g/, or /k/ were played for 9 Swedish listeners, who could indicate that they heard either the word or its minimal-pair counterpart, e.g. bees or peas. The relationship between VOT and perceived stop was analyzed, with the expectation that longer VOTs would be associated with fortis consonants and shorter VOTs would be associated with lenis consonants. Results followed the predicted pattern for /d/ and /g/ but not for /t/ and /k/. In addition, the pattern observed for /p/ and /b/ is the reverse of the pattern found for the other consonants. These results suggest that further research into the LFC’s claim about the fortis/lenis distinction and other LFC claims are warranted.

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2016. 66-75 p.
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-130741OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-130741DiVA: diva2:932867
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The 7th Annual PSLLT Conference: L2 Pronunciation and Discourse, Dallas, USA, October 15-17, 2015
Available from: 2016-06-02 Created: 2016-06-02 Last updated: 2016-12-16Bibliographically approved

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