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November 2020. pp. 329-347
This study aims to test the Pre-voiceless Hyperarticulation Hypothesis of Thomas (2000) and Moreton (2004) for American English vowels [i, ɪ, eɪ, oʊ, aɪ, ɔɪ, aʊ]. Native and Korean-English bilingual speakers participated in a production experiment and read minimal pairs in the forms of “[bVd] - [bVt]” in a carrier sentence. As for the native speakers, the high front vowel [i] did not display significant peripheralization, and the lax [ɪ] tended to be centralized in the vowel space. Because the offglide [ɪ] of the diphthongs [eɪ, aɪ, ɔɪ] displayed peripheralization, the centralization of [ɪ] was interpreted as another type of hyperarticulation to maintain phonological contrast against [i] in the voiceless context. Bilingual speakers generally displayed smaller degrees of hyperarticulation or non-native- like formant patterns. It was interpreted that the learning of the fine-grained differences in the formant values according to the coda voicing has not been completed even for highly experienced learners of English.
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  • Publisher :The Modern Linguistic Society of Korea
  • Publisher(Ko) :한국현대언어학회
  • Journal Title :The Journal of Studies in Language
  • Journal Title(Ko) :언어연구
  • Volume : 36
  • No :3
  • Pages :329-347