1887
Volume 3, Issue 1
  • ISSN 2215-1931
  • E-ISSN: 2215-194X
USD
Buy:$35.00 + Taxes

Abstract

Previous research has shown that English-speaking learners of Russian, even those with advanced proficiency, often have not acquired the contrast between palatalized and unpalatalized consonants, which is a central feature of the Russian consonant system. The present study examined whether training utilizing electropalatography (EPG) could help a group of Russian learners achieve more native-like productions of this contrast. Although not all subjects showed significant improvements, on average, the Russian learners showed an increase from pre- to post-training in the second formant frequency of vowels preceding palatalized consonants, thus enhancing their contrast between palatalized and unpalatalized consonants. To determine whether these acoustic differences were associated with increased identification accuracy, three native Russian speakers listened to all pre- and post-training productions. A modest increase in identification accuracy was observed. These results suggest that even short-term EPG training can be an effective intervention with adult L2 learners.

Loading

Article metrics loading...

/content/journals/10.1075/jslp.3.1.01hac
2017-04-07
2019-10-18
Loading full text...

Full text loading...

References

  1. Adams, S. G. , & Page, A. D
    (2000) Effects of selected practice and feedback variables on speech motor learning. Journal of Medical Speech-Language Pathology, 8, 215–220.
    [Google Scholar]
  2. Antonova, D. N
    (1988) Fonetika i intonacija. Moscow: Russkij jazyk.
    [Google Scholar]
  3. Avanesov, R. I
    (1972) Russkoe literaturnoe proiznošenie. Moscow: Prosveščenie.
    [Google Scholar]
  4. Babel, M. , & Johnson, K
    (2007) Cross-linguistic differences in the perception of palatalization. Proceedings of the16th International Congress of the Phonetic Sciences.
    [Google Scholar]
  5. Boersma, P. , & Weenink, D
    (2012) Praat: Doing phonetics by computer [Computer program, version 5.3.23]. Retrieved from: www.praat.org/
    [Google Scholar]
  6. Bolanos, L
    (2013) Perception and production in non-native speech: Russian palatalization. Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics. Acoustical Society of America , 19, 1–7.
    [Google Scholar]
  7. Bryzgunova, E. A
    (1963) Praktičeskaja fonetika i intonacija russkogo jazyka. Moscow: Izdatel’stvo moskovskogo universiteta.
    [Google Scholar]
  8. Cleland, J. , Timmins, C. , Wood, S. E. , Hardcastle, W. J. , & Wishart, J. G
    (2009) Electropalatographic therapy for children and young people with Down’s syndrome. Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, 23, 926–939. doi: 10.3109/02699200903061776
    https://doi.org/10.3109/02699200903061776 [Google Scholar]
  9. Demenko, G. , Wagner, A. , & Cylwik, N
    (2010) The use of speech technology in foreign language pronunciation training. Archives of Acoustics, 35, 309–329.
    [Google Scholar]
  10. Diehm, E. E
    (1998) Gestures and linguistic function in learning Russian: Production and perception studies of Russian palatalized consonants. Doctoral dissertation, Ohio State University. Retrieved fromProQuest Dissertations and Theses. (Accession Order No.9833968).
    [Google Scholar]
  11. Engwall, O
    (2012) Analysis of and feedback on phonetic features in pronunciation training with a virtual teacher. Computer Assisted Language Learning, 25, 37–64. doi: 10.1080/09588221.2011.582845
    https://doi.org/10.1080/09588221.2011.582845 [Google Scholar]
  12. Fant, G
    (1970) Acoustic theory of speech production. The Hague: Mouton De Gruyter.
    [Google Scholar]
  13. Forster, K. I. , & Forster, J. C
    (2003) DMDX: A Windows display program with millisecond accuracy. Behavior Research Methods, Instruments, & Computers, 35, 116–124. doi: 10.3758/BF03195503
    https://doi.org/10.3758/BF03195503 [Google Scholar]
  14. Fujiwara, Y
    (2007) Electropalatography home training using a portable training unit for Japanese children with cleft palate. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 9, 65–72. doi: 10.1080/14417040601120904
    https://doi.org/10.1080/14417040601120904 [Google Scholar]
  15. Gibbon, F
    (1990) Lingual activity in two speech-disordered children’s attempts to produce velar and alveolar stop consonants: Evidence from electropalatographic (EPG) data. International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, 25, 329–340. doi: 10.3109/13682829009011981
    https://doi.org/10.3109/13682829009011981 [Google Scholar]
  16. Gibbon, F. E. , & Wood, S. E
    (2003) Using electropalatography (EPG) to diagnose and treat articulation disorders associated with mild cerebral palsy: a case study. Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, 17, 365–374. doi: 10.1080/0269920031000079976
    https://doi.org/10.1080/0269920031000079976 [Google Scholar]
  17. Gibbon, F. E. , Hardcastle, W. J. , & Suzuki, H
    (1991) An electropalatographic study of the /r/, /1/ distinction for Japanese learners of English. Computer Assisted Language Learning, 4, 153–171. doi: 10.1080/0958822910040304
    https://doi.org/10.1080/0958822910040304 [Google Scholar]
  18. Gierut, J. A. , & Dinnsen, D. A
    (1986) On word-initial voicing: Converging sources of evidence in phonologically disordered speech. Language and Speech, 29, 97–114.
    [Google Scholar]
  19. Hacking, J
    (2011) The production of palatalized and unpalatalized consonants in Russian by American learners. In Magdalena Wrembel , Małgorzata Kul , & Katarzyna Dziubalska- Kołaczyk (Eds.), Achievements and perspectives in the acquisition of second language speech: New Sounds (pp.93–101). Frankfurt: Peter Lang.
    [Google Scholar]
  20. Hacking, J. , Smith, B. , Nissen, S. , & Allen, H
    (2016) Russian palatalized and unpalatalized coda consonants: An electropalatographic and acoustic analysis of native speaker and L2 learner productions. Journal of Phonetics, 54, 98–108. doi: 10.1016/j.wocn.2015.09.007
    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wocn.2015.09.007 [Google Scholar]
  21. Hardison, D. M
    (2004) Generalization of computer-assisted prosody training: Quantitative and qualitative findings. Language Learning & Technology, 8(1), 34–52.
    [Google Scholar]
  22. Hardy, J. E
    (1993) Phonological learning and retention in second language acquisition. In F. R. Eckman (Ed.), Confluence: Linguistics, L2 acquisition and speech pathology (pp.235–248). Amsterdam: John Benjamins. doi: 10.1075/lald.4.17har
    https://doi.org/10.1075/lald.4.17har [Google Scholar]
  23. Kartushina, N. , Hervais-Adelman, A. , Frauenfelder, U. H. , & Golestani, N
    (2015) The effect of phonetic production training with visual feedback on the perception and production of foreign speech sounds. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 138, 817–832. doi: 10.1121/1.4926561
    https://doi.org/10.1121/1.4926561 [Google Scholar]
  24. Kavitskaya, D
    (2006) Perceptual salience and palatalization in Russian. Laboratory phonology8, 589–610.
    [Google Scholar]
  25. Kavitskaya, D. , Iskarous, K. , Noiray, A. , & Proctor, M
    (2009) Trills and palatalization: Consequences for sound change. Proceedings of the Formal Approaches to Slavic Linguistics, 17, 97–110.
    [Google Scholar]
  26. Kochetov, A
    (2006) Testing licensing by cue. Phonetica, 63, 113–148. doi: 10.1159/000095305
    https://doi.org/10.1159/000095305 [Google Scholar]
  27. Lohmander, A. , Henriksson, C. , & Havstam, C
    (2010) Electropalatography in home training of retracted articulation in a Swedish child with cleft palate: Effect on articulation pattern and speech. International journal of speech-language pathology, 12, 483–496. doi: 10.3109/17549501003782397
    https://doi.org/10.3109/17549501003782397 [Google Scholar]
  28. Maas, E. , Robin, D. A. , Hula, S. N. A. , Freedman, S. E. , Wulf, G. , Ballard, K. J. , & Schmidt, R. A
    (2008) Principles of motor learning in treatment of motor speech disorders. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 17, 277–298. doi: 10.1044/1058‑0360(2008/025)
    https://doi.org/10.1044/1058-0360(2008/025) [Google Scholar]
  29. Machovikov, A. , Stolyarov, K. , Chernov, M. , Sinclair, I. , & Machovikova, I
    (2002) Computer-based training system for Russian word pronunciation. Computer Assisted Language Learning, 15, 201–214. doi: 10.1076/call.15.2.201.8192
    https://doi.org/10.1076/call.15.2.201.8192 [Google Scholar]
  30. Massaro, D. W. , Liu, Y. , Chen, T. H. , & Perfetti, C
    (2006) A multilingual embodied conversational agent for tutoring speech and language learning. Proceedings of Interspeech 2006 (pp.825–828).
    [Google Scholar]
  31. McAuliffe, M. J. , & Cornwell, P. L
    (2008) Intervention for lateral/s/using electropalatography (EPG) biofeedback and an intensive motor learning approach: a case report. International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, 43, 219–229. doi: 10.1080/13682820701344078
    https://doi.org/10.1080/13682820701344078 [Google Scholar]
  32. Nordberg, A. , Carlsson, G. , & Lohmander, A
    (2011) Electropalatography in the description and treatment of speech disorders in five children with cerebral palsy. Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics, 25, 831–852. doi: 10.3109/02699206.2011.573122
    https://doi.org/10.3109/02699206.2011.573122 [Google Scholar]
  33. Ordin, M
    (2010) Palatalization and temporal organization of CVC clusters in Russian. Russian Linguistics, 34, 57–65. doi: 10.1007/s11185‑009‑9049‑4
    https://doi.org/10.1007/s11185-009-9049-4 [Google Scholar]
  34. Patten, I. , & Edmonds, L. A
    (2015) Effect of training Japanese L1 speakers in the production of American English /r/ using spectrographic visual feedback. Computer Assisted Language Learning, 28, 241–259. doi: 10.1080/09588221.2013.839570
    https://doi.org/10.1080/09588221.2013.839570 [Google Scholar]
  35. Purcell, E.T
    (1979) Formant frequency patterns in Russian VCV utterances. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 66, 1691–1702. doi: 10.1121/1.383641
    https://doi.org/10.1121/1.383641 [Google Scholar]
  36. Ruellot, V
    (2011) Computer-assisted pronunciation learning of French /u/ and /y/ at the intermediate level. In Proceedings of the 2nd Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching Conference (pp.199–213).
    [Google Scholar]
  37. Schmidt, A. M
    (2012) Effects of EPG treatment for English consonant contrasts on L2 perception and production. Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, 26, 909–925. doi: 10.3109/02699206.2012.718036
    https://doi.org/10.3109/02699206.2012.718036 [Google Scholar]
  38. Schmidt, A. M. , & Beamer, J
    (1998) Electropalatography treatment for training Thai speakers of English. Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, 12, 389–403. doi: 10.1080/02699209808985233
    https://doi.org/10.1080/02699209808985233 [Google Scholar]
  39. Smith, B. L. , Hillenbrand, J. , & Ingrisano, D
    (1986) A comparison of temporal measures of speech using spectrograms and digital oscillograms. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 29, 270–274. doi: 10.1044/jshr.2902.270
    https://doi.org/10.1044/jshr.2902.270 [Google Scholar]
  40. Timm, L. A
    (1977) A child’s acquisition of Russian phonology. Journal of Child Language, 4, 329–339. doi: 10.1017/S0305000900001720
    https://doi.org/10.1017/S0305000900001720 [Google Scholar]
http://instance.metastore.ingenta.com/content/journals/10.1075/jslp.3.1.01hac
Loading
/content/journals/10.1075/jslp.3.1.01hac
Loading

Data & Media loading...

  • Article Type: Research Article
Keyword(s): consonants , electropalatography , palatalization , Russian and training study
This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address
Approval was successful
Invalid data
An Error Occurred
Approval was partially successful, following selected items could not be processed due to error