Comparing High Vowel Perception in Spanish Monolinguals, English Monolinguals and Spanish-English Bilinguals

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Title:
Comparing High Vowel Perception in Spanish Monolinguals, English Monolinguals and Spanish-English Bilinguals
Author:
Beltran, Margarita
Issue Date:
2015
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
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Abstract:
Recent acoustic descriptions have shown that vowels across languages have different acoustic properties. The main acoustic difference between the high vowels /i/ and /u/ lies on their respective second formant (F2) values, and the perception and production of these vowels is fairly different for speakers of English and Spanish. In particular, /u/ is closer to /i/ in English than it is in Spanish. The present study investigates whether proficient Spanish-English bilinguals categorize the /i/ and /u/ differently depending on the language context in which the vowel phonemes are presented. Their results were compared to those of English and Spanish monolinguals. I observed how the three groups of participants responded to the same set of sounds, which contained vowel tokens ranging from /i/ to /u/. I looked for the step in the continuum in which the participants ceased to listen the vowel /i/ and started hearing /u/. The bilingual and monolingual participants in this study did not show a significant difference in this regard. However, a further analysis focusing on the monolingual participants of this study and the monolingual participants of a previous study suggests that there exists a perception-production asymmetry of the vowels /i/ and /u/.
Type:
text; Electronic Thesis
Degree Name:
B.A.
Degree Level:
bachelors
Degree Program:
Honors College; Spanish
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Simonet, Miquel

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dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.titleComparing High Vowel Perception in Spanish Monolinguals, English Monolinguals and Spanish-English Bilingualsen_US
dc.creatorBeltran, Margaritaen
dc.contributor.authorBeltran, Margaritaen
dc.date.issued2015en
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en
dc.description.abstractRecent acoustic descriptions have shown that vowels across languages have different acoustic properties. The main acoustic difference between the high vowels /i/ and /u/ lies on their respective second formant (F2) values, and the perception and production of these vowels is fairly different for speakers of English and Spanish. In particular, /u/ is closer to /i/ in English than it is in Spanish. The present study investigates whether proficient Spanish-English bilinguals categorize the /i/ and /u/ differently depending on the language context in which the vowel phonemes are presented. Their results were compared to those of English and Spanish monolinguals. I observed how the three groups of participants responded to the same set of sounds, which contained vowel tokens ranging from /i/ to /u/. I looked for the step in the continuum in which the participants ceased to listen the vowel /i/ and started hearing /u/. The bilingual and monolingual participants in this study did not show a significant difference in this regard. However, a further analysis focusing on the monolingual participants of this study and the monolingual participants of a previous study suggests that there exists a perception-production asymmetry of the vowels /i/ and /u/.en
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dc.typeElectronic Thesisen
thesis.degree.nameB.A.en
thesis.degree.levelbachelorsen
thesis.degree.disciplineHonors Collegeen
thesis.degree.disciplineSpanishen
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen
dc.contributor.advisorSimonet, Miquelen
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