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Intelligibility of the alveolar [s] replacing theinitial interdental /θ/ in English words
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division for Educational Science and Languages.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1058-7637
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division for Educational Science and Languages.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7966-320x
2018 (English)In: Proceedings of the Fonetik 2018: The XXXth Swedish Phonetics Conference / [ed] Åsa Abelin & Yasuko Nagano-Madsen, Göteborg: Göteborgs universitet, 2018, p. 39-42Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
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The study examines the intelligibility of a German speaker's replacement of the initial interdental /θ/ with the alveolar fricative [s] in words that occurred in her reading of a short English text. Twenty nine students in university English courses in Sweden listened to, and transcribed the whole reading, where substituting theinitial /θ/ of a word with [s]appeared four times. The result shows that the phoneme substitution by the German speaker did not cause misunderstanding in three instances, but it considerably misled the listeners' understanding of a phrase in one occasion. We discuss this finding in relation to the functional load of the initial θ/scontrast (Catford, 1987), and Jenkins' (2002, 2015) Lingua Franca Core syllabus.

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Göteborg: Göteborgs universitet, 2018. p. 39-42
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HUMANITIES, Linguistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-12813OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-12813DiVA, id: diva2:1237586
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Fonetik 2018
Available from: 2018-08-09 Created: 2018-08-09 Last updated: 2019-03-15Bibliographically approved

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