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Phonetic correction of voice pronunciation of sounds ʎ and ɲ with Chinese native speakers learning Croatian


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Škrivanek, Kristina. (2018). Phonetic correction of voice pronunciation of sounds ʎ and ɲ with Chinese native speakers learning Croatian. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of Phonetics. [mentor Dobrić, Arnalda].

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Learning a foreign language in adulthood is a challenge that often ignores the importance of proper pronunciation. The answer to this problem is phonetic correction of pronunciation. This paper presents the theoretical background of phonetic correction with an emphasis on phonetic correction through the verbotonal system of Petar Guberina. For the purpose of checking the effectiveness of this system, phonetic correction of Croatian sounds [ʎ] and [ɲ] was performed on 5 respondents whose mother tongue is Mandarin Chinese. Observation of respondents showed their individual progress during correction and gave an insight into their similarities and differences. For the purpose of checking results,perceptual and acoustic analysis was performed. The perceptual analysis gave results through an auditory evaluation of 28 phonetic students who evaluated the pronunciation of the examinees before and after the correction. Acoustical analysis performed with the Praat program measured the duration of the corrected voices in order to check the success of the correction: whether the duration of the corrected votes shortened after the correction was completed. The results of the analyzes used show the progress of the respondents in pronouncing the corrected votes, as well as progress at the suprasegmental level. Based on the results, it is possible to conclude that the verbotonal system is an effective method of phonetic correction by which segmental and suprasegmental speech elements can be corrected.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: L2 learning, phonetic correction, Chinese language, Croatian language
Subjects: Phonetics
Departments: Department of Phonetics
Supervisor: Dobrić, Arnalda
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2018 09:06
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2018 09:06

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