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Identifying Plosives in L2 English

The Case of L1 Cypriot Greek Speakers

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Elena Kkese

This volume presents the results of two tasks examining the acquisition of plosive voicing contrasts in L2 English by college students with Cypriot Greek (CG) backgrounds. The tasks focus on the different factors affecting plosive identification and the types of errors involving plosives. With respect to the first issue, the phonetic perception of plosives turns out to be better in voiceless consonants compared to their voiced counterparts, thus providing evidence for the importance of the voicing contrast factor. With respect to the second issue, the results point to the same direction since it appears that L2 users performed significantly better in voiceless plosives. It is also indicated that they were able to perceive voiced plosives but they treated such instances as a /nasal+voiced plosive/sequence (prenasalised plosives). Therefore, the overall results seem to agree mostly with the speech perception approach suggesting that voiced plosives are realised differently in CG while the difficulties of the L2 CG users with plosives seem to be attributed to VOT differences between the L1 and the L2.

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Chapter Three: Research methodology

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Introduction

This chapter describes and justifies the methodological approach used in this study. Firstly, there is an attempt to present the research questions and hypotheses to be tested with the tasks developed. Then a detailed exposition of the research design outlining the rationale for the choice of a longitudinal quantitative study is discussed. The chapter proceeds with a description of the tasks developed, sampling process, and data collection and administration. Finally, the intended analysis strategy including the data analysis methods and appropriate statistical techniques adopted are introduced to test the objectives of this quantitative study.

1.   Research questions and hypotheses

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