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The Role of Phonology and Phonetics in Loanword Adaptation

German and French Front Rounded Vowels in Japanese

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Katrin Dohlus

Contents: Role of phonology and phonetics in loanword adaptation – Adaptation of foreign sounds – German and French front rounded vowels in Japanese – Mismatches in the vowel Systems of German/French and Japanese – Phonological analysis in Optimality Theory – Perception of front rounded vowels by Japanese listeners – Influence of perception, knowledge of the source language, and written forms on adaptations.