Vietnamese monophthong vowel production by native speakers and American adult learners

M. Winn, A. Blodgett, J. Bauman, A. Bowles, L. Charters, A. Rytting, J. Shamoo

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This study provides new data regarding the vowel space and duration contrasts of Vietnamese monophthongs. These data address conflicting descriptions found in the literature regarding orthographic u, o, â, and ǎ. A modified vowel mapping analysis indicates that native speakers of Vietnamese produce unrounded u and o as central, not back. The data also show quality differences for one pair of vowels in short-long opposition (o-â), but not the other (o-a). Duration measurements of vowels and nasals in coda position are consistent with prior claims of temporal compensation in Vietnamese. In contrast, measurements of non-native vowel production reveal inaccurate and inconsistent vowel quality for the central vowels, and a complete absence of duration distinctions between long and short vowels.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6127-6132
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings - European Conference on Noise Control
StatePublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes
Event7th European Conference on Noise Control 2008, EURONOISE 2008 - Paris, France
Duration: Jun 29 2008Jul 4 2008


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