Journal article

Non-native Japanese learners’ perception of consonant length in Japanese and Italian

K Tsukada, F Cox, J HAJEK, Y Hirata

Second Language Research | SAGE Publications | Published : 2018


Learners of a foreign language (FL) typically have to learn to process sounds that do not exist in their first language (L1). As this is known to be difficult for adults, in particular, it is important for FL pedagogy to be informed by phonetic research. This study examined the role of FL learners’ previous linguistic experience in the processing of a contrast absent in the L1. The FLs under investigation are Japanese and Italian, which both use contrastive consonant length. Two groups of non-native Japanese (NNJ) learners – L1 Australian English (OZ) and L1 Korean – participated in the consonant length identification task. Neither OZ nor Korean has an underlying consonant length contrast, b..

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Awarded by 11th Hakuho Foundation Japanese Research Fellowship

Funding Acknowledgements

The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This work was supported by Macquarie University research grants and the 11th Hakuho Foundation Japanese Research Fellowship (2016-17).