Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Influence of Speech Shadowing on English Word-initial Consonants Produced by Speakers of English as a Foreign Language
by Huang, Yu-Chun, M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2018, 125; 10785321
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this research is to determine whether speech shadowing influences the values of voice onset time (VOT) of word-initial consonants, /b/, /p/, /t/, /d/, and /k/ in reading and speaking conditions after a four-week training period. Twenty participants separated into two groups from a learning center in Taipei, Taiwan were recruited for this experiment. Mann-Whitney U tests were conducted to compare the values of VOT of five word-initial consonants in reading and speaking conditions, and narrative analyses were conducted to distinguish the differences among reading, speaking, and shadowing conditions. The results indicate that after the training period, the pronunciations of the consonants /b/, /p/, and /d/ had changed in reading and speaking conditions. The teaching of English pronunciation in Taiwan elementary schools was discussed and speech shadowing was recommended as one pedagogical method for improving the acquisition of English pronunciation.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Abbuhl, Rebekha
Commitee: Fender, Michael, Hall, Nancy
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Linguistics
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 58/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: English as a Second Language
Keywords: Shadowing, Voice onset time
Publication Number: 10785321
ISBN: 978-0-438-20908-4
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