Identifying Plosives in L2 English: The Case of L1 Cypriot Greek Speakers by Elena KkeseIdentifying Plosives in L2 English: The Case of L1 Cypriot Greek Speakers by Elena Kkese

Identifying Plosives in L2 English: The Case of L1 Cypriot Greek Speakers

byElena Kkese

Paperback | August 10, 2016

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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.

Elena Kkese is an Assistant Lecturer at UCLan, Cyprus and an English teacher. Undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the University of Cyprus (BA in English Language and Literature; MA in Applied Linguistics; PhD in Linguistics). Research interests include the difficulties of CG users concerning the L2 acquisition of English phonolo...
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Title:Identifying Plosives in L2 English: The Case of L1 Cypriot Greek SpeakersFormat:PaperbackDimensions:9 × 6 × 0.5 inPublished:August 10, 2016Publisher:Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der WissenschaftenLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3034320604

ISBN - 13:9783034320603

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Table of Contents

Preface – Acknowledgements – Contents – List of figures – List of tables – Introduction – Review of the literature – Research methodology – Results – Discussion – Conclusion – References – Appendices – Index