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L’opposition fortis / lenis des occlusives en fin de mot en anglais : liste de mots isolée lue par les apprenants francophones

Abstract : Word-final fortis / lenis contrast in English plosives: lists of words in isolation read aloud by French-speaking learners The acquisition of the word-initial fortis / lenis contrast in English by speakers of other languages has been investigated by many researchers, but empirical studies on this contrast in word-final position seems to have been conducted less extensively, and especially on speakers of languages in which word-final voicing distinction is known to be absent or neutralized (Smith et al., 2009 ; Skarnitzl & Šturm, 2016). In this study, 6 French-speaking learners of English, who have voicing contrast word-finally in their first language, pronounced 30 words each in isolation. It was observed that the previous vowel, which is described as a primary cue in native speakers' speech, was significantly shorter before fortis than lenis (Wilcoxon rank sum test) in 5 learners out of 6, but some learners also showed cases of different voicing patterns for lenis than native speakers (voiced release for lenis; end of voicing earlier than natives).
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Takeki Kamiyama, Nadine Herry-Benit, Ioana Trifu-Dejeu, Audrey Gros-Bonfiglioli. L’opposition fortis / lenis des occlusives en fin de mot en anglais : liste de mots isolée lue par les apprenants francophones. 32èmes Journées d’Études sur la Parole (JEP 2018), Jun 2018, Aix-en-Provence, France. ⟨halshs-01832444⟩

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