Volume 16, Issue 2
  • ISSN 0257-3784
  • E-ISSN: 2212-9731
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The single English phoneme /s/ can be borrowed into Korean as either of two different phonemes — lax /s/ or tense /s*/. The present study investigates how Korean native speakers process English /s/ by testing the role of the duration of English /s/ in determining the choice of phoneme in Korean. Two production experiments were conducted with twenty-eight participants, who were asked to repeat English pseudo-words in Korean. The results suggest that (1) the split borrowing pattern is indeed regular and systematic, and (2) while duration of English /s/ is certainly one factor in determining the split borrowing pattern, it may not be the key factor.


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  • Article Type: Research Article
Keyword(s): duration; English; Fricatives; Korean; loanword adaptation; production
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