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Tense consonants in Korean revisited: A crosslinguistic perceptual study

Chang, C. B. (2007) 'Tense consonants in Korean revisited: A crosslinguistic perceptual study.' In: Chang, C. and Dugarova, E. and Theodoropoulou, I. and Vilar Beltrán, E. and Wilford, E., (eds.), CamLing 2006: Proceedings of the 4th University of Cambridge Postgraduate Conference in Language Research. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Institute of Language Research, pp. 35-42.

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Abstract

The well-described laryngeal system of Korean has most often been analyzed as a typologically unique contrast among three kinds of voiceless plosives: aspirated, lax, and tense. This paper focuses on the phonetics of the tense series by examining the perception of obstruents described as tense in Korean and as voiceless unaspirated in Chinese, Spanish, and English in an experiment with 32 native Korean speakers. In a native/non-native labeling task, subjects were unable to distinguish between Korean syllables beginning with tense obstruents and Chinese syllables beginning with voiceless unaspirated obstruents of the same place of articulation; similar data holds for many of the Korean vs. Spanish and Korean vs. English syllable comparisons as well. These results suggest that, in word-initial position, tense Korean consonants are not perceptibly different from the voiceless unaspirated consonants of these other languages.

Item Type: Book Chapters
SOAS Departments & Centres: Faculty of Languages and Cultures > Department of Linguistics
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
P Language and Literature > PB Modern European Languages
P Language and Literature > PC Romanic languages
P Language and Literature > PE English
P Language and Literature > PI Oriental languages and literatures
P Language and Literature > PL Languages and literatures of Eastern Asia, Africa, Oceania
ISBN: 095465983X
Copyright Statement: Copyright 2007 Charles B. Chang. This article may be downloaded for personal use only. Any other use requires prior permission of the author.
Depositing User: Dr. Charles Chang
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2014 16:47
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/19115

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